£8m Chelsea and Liverpool striker target talks up Stamford Bridge switch

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Chelsea transfer target Wilfried Bony says he would welcome a move to Stamford Bridge in January – describing a potential switch as a ‘great honour’.

Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo watched the Vitesse Arnhem striker in action over the weekend, ahead of a reported Janaury swoop.

Bony is contracted at Vitesse until 2015 but told Czech Republic newspaper Pravo: 'It's not the number one topic for me at the moment, but if they write about me going there, then it's great isn't it?

'But seriously, if they want me, it would be a great honour. I would be glad to go to such a club.

'I love English football and wouldn't be afraid to play there. Chelsea are a top club.

'If Chelsea are interested in the winter and the clubs reach an agreement, then why not?

'We'll see what happens. At the moment I want to be playing as well as I can for Vitesse.

Bony, also a transfer target for Liverpool, added: 'I know that Chelsea and Arnhem are close and some of the Chelsea lads are here on loan, including Tomas (Kalas). I have discussed it with him many times already.'

The Stamford Bridge-based club would have to part ways with around £8 million for the 23-yeard Ivorian forward, who is currently the Eredivisie’s leading scorer with 12 goals to his name.

According to reports in Holland yesterday, Liverpool sent scouts to see Bony in action over the weekend and could try to take him to Merseyside when the winter window opens.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is in desperate need of reinformcements up front and is expected to bring a forward to Anfield in January.

Chelsea also look short in the forwards department with only Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge on board, and have been linked with a move for Ateltico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao in the January transfer window.

However club owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be seeking cheaper alternatives than the Colombian, who is also a target for Manchester City.

Torres’ form continues to cause worry in west London, with the Spaniard still struggling to recapture the form that prompted the Blues to spend £50 million on him in 2011.

The former Liverpool striker has only four league goals to his name despite starting in every single game so far, and has failed to score in the Premier League since October.

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