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Chelsea are eyeing Vitesse Arnhem striker Bony Wilfried as a replacement for Didier Drogba, according to Metro.

With Drogba and Frenchman Nicolas Anelka expected to leaver the club as soon as January, the club are looking to recruit a replacement.

Big name targets such as Edinson Cavani and Hulk have been muted, but with time not on their side, a lower risk bid for Wilfried is being considered.

Chelsea will hope that owner Roman Abrmovich's relationship with Arnhem owner Merab Jordania can help broker a deal between the two clubs for a player expected to fetch as much as £20 million.

The 22-year-old is expected to leave Holland in the next two years and Chelsea could turn out to be the ideal destination.

Wilfried would provide support for Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku in the Chelsea attack, as a new era breaths through Stamford Bridge.

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