Chelsea have endured a torrid Premier League campaign so far and will no doubt be looking to strengthen when the January transfer window opens next month.
The Blues have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho, with his successor Guus Hiddink back at Stamford Bridge entrusted with the task of steering them up the table.
Hiddink has previous experience having taken the reins from Luiz Filipe Scolari back in 2009, and his interim spell in charge was deemed a success given he won them the FA Cup and guided them to the Champions League semi-finals.
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Here are three players the Dutchman should look to sign in order to ensure his second spell at the club is just as successful as his first.
Chelsea were desperate to land John Stones in the summer, but Everton stood firm and rejected a £40million bid that would have made him the most expensive defender in history.
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The plight of John Terry and struggles of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma mean the Blues have a hole at the back in urgent need of plugging.
Manchester United are also interested in the defender, and may make a move for him if Mourinho succeeds Louis van Gaal, but his desperation to move to the capital was clear.
Everton are flying high but history suggests the need for financial bolstering means they may be powerless to prevent him from leaving.
Discarded by United, and a constant thorn in Chelsea’s side during his days in the Premier League, Javier Hernandez would be the perfect addition to their squad.
The 27-year-old is currently taking the Bundesliga by storm with Bayer Leverkusen, having been told by Van Gaal he had just a 1% chance of impressing him at Old Trafford.
‘Chicharito’ has netted 11 goals in 14 league games for his new club so far, and has an overall seasonal tally of 16, more than Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy have managed combined.
Leverkusen would be reluctant to part with their star man midway through the season, yet would be more willing to accept if Remy was to be included as part of the deal.
It is the stuff of fantasy at the current time, but Chelsea need Paul Pogba more now than they have ever done before.
The form of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic was key as they won the title last term, but the duo now look devoid of ideas as the Blues have slumped down the league table.
Fabregas’ form has been particularly worrying given how vital his assists were a year ago, and the Spaniard could be offloaded to accommodate a superstar name.
Pogba would fit that description and his quality would add panache to a side in desperate need of it.
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