Chelsea striker target Wilfried Bony set to be offered a new deal at Vitesse Arnhem, according to the club.
The highly-rated Ivorian international is currently the leading scorer in the Eredivisie on 15 goals, and has a deal at the Gelredome until 2015 after signing from Sparta Prague last summer.
However, interest from both the Premier League and Ligue 1 appear to have forced Vitesse to the negotiating table once again, and general manager Erwin Kasakowski is confident the club can keep hold of their prized asset.
"We have concrete plans to keep Bony on board," Kasakowski told De Telegraaf.
"We are already in discussions with his agent."
Bony has previously expressed his interest in a move to Chelsea, admitting it would be a ‘great honour’ to play for the club.
Despite the recent change in manager at Stamford Bridge, the west London outfit are still said to be keen on the player, with The Daily Express reporting yesterday that Bony is ‘too good to turn down’ at £8 million for Rafael Benitez.
The Spanish chief is expected to keep faith in compatriot Fernando Torres as he searches for form at Chelsea, but with a lack of back-up options available, Bony would add some depth to the Blues attack in the New Year.