Chelsea have sent scouts to run the rule over Marseille forward Loic Remy, according to reports in France.
Remy looked set to leave Marseille in the summer, with Tottenham and Chelsea said to have been interested in landing the French international, however a move failed to materialise and the 25-year-old stayed put.
According to Mercato365, Chelsea made an approach for Remy in the summer window but couldn’t get the deal done, but are now weighing up a potential bid to bring him to Stamford Bridge in January.
The website reports that Marseille president Vincent Labrune is anticipating a bid from Chelsea in January. Whether Tottenham plan to launch a counter-offensive is unknown.
Tottenham, under former boss Harry Redknapp, had a bid rejected for Remy and were reportedly ready to launch a further bid for the Frenmchan in the dying days of the summer transfer window.
However Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas told reporters that he did not want to sign Remy in the final days of the window despite Marseille insisting a bid had been rejected from the north London club.
Chelsea can only call upon Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge to lead their attack, with the former having been out of action for the Stamford Bridge outfit since mid-September.
Chelsea were linked with moves for Hulk and Edinson Cavani during the transfer window but may now set their sights on Remy, who represents a cheaper alternative and can also be deployed out wide.
Marseille were forced to sell some of their best players in the summer because of their financial difficulties, with Cesar Azpilicueta joining Chelsea, Stephane Mbia heading to QPR and Alou Diarra linking up with West Ham.
The French club had been expected to cash in on Remy in the summer, and may look to do so again, and a bid of around €20 million may be enough to persuade them to part ways with their most valuable asset.