Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has identified Bayern Munich’s Daniel Pranjic as his first January signing.
The Blues boss is keen to revamp an ageing squad and thinks the Croatian utility man would help fill a number of gaps in his squad, according to the Daily Star.
Pranjic can operate at full-back as well as in midfield and Andre Villas-Boas is keen to bring a hard working defensive-minded midfielder to Stamford Bridge.
John Obi Mikel has held down the spot of enforcer in the middle of the pitch, but Villas-Boas has been unimpressed with what he has seen so far dropping the Nigerian for young Spaniard Oriol Romeu.
Pranjic is currently finding first team opportunities limited in Munich and is thought to be keen to test himself in England.
The 30-year-old is seen as a more dynamic influence than Mikel by Chelsea’s Portuguese manager, and feels he would do a better job while they wait for the return of Michael Essien.
Villas-Boas had been hoping to deploy Essien in the role just in front of the back four, but the Ghanaian has had continual injury problems for the past two years.
Pranjic is just one of a number of signings Villas-Boas is hoping to make in the transfer window, with a new striker also high on his wish list.
There will have to be a turnaround in Chelsea’s fortunes, however, as his position could come under threat if the Blues poor run continues.