Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to snub loan offers from across the Premier League for Victor Moses and give the forgotten man a surprise chance to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge this season.
West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are just two of the clubs to sound Chelsea out over a potential season-long loan swoop for the Nigerian winger, but the Daily Star believes rules concerning a quota of homegrown players have forced Mourinho to review the situation and included Moses in his pre-season plans.
Moses failed to make the grade at Liverpool during a short-term switch and was widely expected to move on in search of regular first-team football this summer, but things have changed in the last few weeks.
Last chance saloon
The 23-year-old featured for Chelsea in Sunday night's 2-1 win over Hungarian side Ferencvaros, his first appearance in Blue for more than 12 months.
Moses has formidable competition on the flanks in West London in the likes of Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Willian, but is determined to prove he's worth another look and believes his struggles at Liverpool will prove to be the exception rather than the rule.
Moses is defiant
The Super Eagles star has vowed to put in the hard yards to make sure he's ready to compete for a place in the Chelsea squad, declaring: “I just have to forget about last season and think about this season, concentrate and keep working hard.
“What happened at Liverpool - that’s football for you. It was a loan move, I wanted to play football but I unfortunately didn’t get as many games as I expected.
“I’m delighted I got on [against Ferencvaros] and had the minutes I had. You’re looking at three-four games before you get back to full fitness. I’m enjoying my football at the moment and will just keep working hard.”
Questions over quotas
Primarily Chelsea may end up keeping Moses because they need to meet Premier League rules over the make-up of their 25-man squad for the season, which has to include eight players which qualify as 'homegrown'.
Moses meets the criteria because he was registered with a club affiliated to the Football Association before turning 21.
Jose Mourinho and his Premier League counterparts are finding out fast that players who tick that box are few and far between at the highest level, which means Moses looks set for a stay of execution at Chelsea this season.