Chelsea offered £6m German striker in summer deal
Chelsea transfer news: Stefan Kiessling linked with move from Bayer Leverkusen
Chelsea have been linked with a cut-price summer move for German striker Stefan Kiessling.
Metro claims the six-cap international is 'determined' to force a move away from Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the season, after a January switch to West Ham United fell through at the final stages.
The paper cites reports in Germany when claiming that the 29-year-old has instructed his agent to tout his services to clubs in the Premier League, with Chelsea amongst the first few clubs to be offered Kiessling as he searches for an opportunity in the English capital.
Kiessling has spent seven-years at the BayArena since signing from Nuremburg in 2006, but the report claims the club are also looking to go 'in a new direction', and will accept £6million for the player's services.
Dynamo Kiev and Borussia Dortmund are also interested in the striker, according to the paper, meaning Chelsea will have a fight on their hands for the player's signature.
It's also unclear who will be in charge at Stamford Bridge when the time comes to make a move, with 'interim' manager Rafa Benitez heading for the Blues' exit door after failing to make an instant impact on the King's Road.
If a new manager does decide to pursue Kiessling, the forward will provide a different option to those currently available, with Demba Ba and Fernando Torres currently vying for first team opportunities at Chelsea.