Frank Lampard's honest assessment of Chelsea's interest in Crouch and Carroll

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Frank Lampard has chimed in after Chelsea have been linked with shock moves for Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch this week.

The retired Chelsea legend is the club's all-time top scorer and his opinion remains highly respected among the Stamford Bridge faithful.

Summer signing Alvaro Morata has been misfiring recently and it's understood that Antonio Conte wants to bring in another striker in January.

The Italian coach is clearly not a fan of Michy Batshuayi whilst Tammy Abraham will spend the rest of the season on loan at Swansea City.

Carroll, 31, was reportedly close to agreeing a move from West Ham to Chelsea before an ankle injury ruled him out for a month.

Surprisingly, Chelsea's attention has reportedly turned to a fellow English striker - Crouch, who turned 36 earlier this month.

The veteran Stoke City striker is a handful in the air but has surely has little to offer the Premier League winners at this stage of his career.

Lampard's honest assessment of Crouch & Carroll

On Friday morning, the 39-year-old BT Sport pundit offered his thoughts on Chelsea's bizarre transfer targets.

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“I think both of those players would be a short-term or Plan-B sort of signing," Lampard told talkSPORT. "I don’t think we’re looking at either of those players in the long-term.

“No disrespect to them, because they are very good at what they do, but I don’t think Chelsea are going to be going down that route.

“There is obviously an issue with scoring goals recently, so they’re in a position where they need to something, but I think January is not the time.

“Maybe they are just trying to get themselves through to the summer and they’ll look forward from there.”

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Having played alongside Crouch for England, the retired Chelsea legend spoke highly of his former international teammate.

Lampard continued: “It’ll be interesting to see whether Chelsea do get Crouchy – I love Crouchy, he’s a great lad and what a move for him that would be!

“He’s a had a brilliant career, he’s a good lad and I think good things come to lads who are proper lads and I think Crouchy is one of them.

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“If that opportunity comes for him and he goes there for six months, fair play to Crouchy.”

It would be up there with Thomas Gravesen's shock move from Everton to Real Madrid.

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