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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard hints at striker transfer after Newcastle defeat

Frank Lampard has hinted that he will sign a new striker in the January transfer window after watching his Chelsea side slump to a late 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle on Saturday.

The Blues were dealt a stinging blow at St James’ Park, with Isaac Hayden turning in a 94th-minute winner for Steve Bruce’s men against the run of play.

It proved another frustrating evening for Lampard, whose team had a mere four shots on target despite creating 19 chances in the game.

And after the loss, the Chelsea manager insisted he knows where he needs to strengthen this month.

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“If we are looking for people to bring in to the areas to win games when you are controlling it, it is scoring goals,” he said.

“It’s clear from what I’m saying we know where we need to strengthen.”

Tammy Abraham has been a revelation for Chelsea this term, netting 13 Premier League goals already, but the 22-year-old spurned a couple of glorious opportunities in Saturday’s defeat.

The Blues slumped to a late 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle on Saturday
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Nevertheless, Lampard remains fully supportive of Abraham despite reports suggesting the Blues are targeting a new centre-forward this month.

“We can’t absolutely rely on Tammy Abraham,” he said.

“We have to have goals from across the frontline if we want to bridge the gap upwards. Tammy has been fantastic this season – it didn’t quite come off for him today but that’s football.”

Tammy Abraham squandered some decent chances at St James’ Park
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Chelsea have the chance to put their Tyneside nightmare behind them on Tuesday night, however, with Arsenal due to visit Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

And Abraham is hoping the Blues can take their anger out on Mikel Arteta’s side and bounce back in style.

“The gaffer said after the game, ‘We gave it our all, keep your…

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