Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to back interim manager Guus Hiddink in the January transfer window in an attempt to improve the club's fortunes.
According to the Mirror, Leicester City striker and Premier League top goalscorer Jamie Vardy will feature highly on Hiddink's wishlist given his excellent record of 15 goals scored in 18 league games.
On speculation surrounding Chelsea's transfer activities in January, Hiddink said in a recent press conference: "Let's go into the next few games and then we'll see. We didn't stipulate, but we know also that it's always open.
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"First I like to embed a bit now in the first days and games, and then we'll see what happens. It depends on the results."
Results this season under previous manager Jose Mourinho have come in stark contrast to the form that saw Chelsea comfortably crowned Premier League champions last term.
Fans and critics have naturally associated their club's plight with the poor form of their bigger stars. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas, along with forwards Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, have found themselves the subject of scrutiny this season, the trio repeatedly booed throughout the Blues' recent 3-1 victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
Costa, Hazard and Fabregas' form last season played a key part in Chelsea's domestic success, with the former scoring an impressive 20 Premier League goals in his debut season in England.
Fabregas also had a year to remember, topping the end-of-season assisting charts with 18.
Hazard's downfall has been perhaps the most spectacular, however. Last season's PFA, FWA, Premier League and Chelsea Player of the Season has seen the form that frequently saw him compared to footballing great Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi evaporate, with the Belgian still yet to score this term.
A 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday further suggested Chelsea's need for January reinforcements, though fans would have been delighted by Costa's return to goalscoring form, the Spaniard striking twice.