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Chelsea 'in talks' to sign Dries Mertens as Lampard looks to bolster attacking options

Chelsea have opened talks with Napoli over a deal to sign Dries Mertens as Frank Lampard seeks to bolster his attacking options ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

The west London side have been seeking forward reinforcements this month but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to bring in new additions, Lampard keen to add increased goal threat to his side who have struggled on occasion to break down defensive opposition.

Speculation has now emerged that Chelsea are ‘in talks’ with Napoli over a deal to sign Dries Mertens, the Belgium international out-of-contract at the end of the season and reportedly available for a cut-price fee.

According to Sky Sports, the fee could be in the region of around £5m, a shrewd investment for a player who has enjoyed a prolific career in Italian football, scoring 118 goals since moving to Napoli from PSV Eindhoven six-and-a-half years ago, making him the second-highest scorer in the history of the Serie A side.

Inter Milan are also interested in a deal to sign the 32-year-old who is capable of playing across the forward line, though Lampard will hope to beat the competition to the signature of a player could replace the wantaway Olivier Giroud.

Giroud is seeking an exit from Stamford Bridge as he seeks regular first-team opportunities, the 33-year-old having started just twice in the Premier League this season and keen to secure minutes as he bids to earn his place in the France squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

Inter are again amongst the club’s reportedly interested in the former Arsenal striker, whilst London rivals Tottenham are also said to be considering a late move to take the forward across the capital.

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