Stoke star linked with shock move to Chelsea

Anyone who thought that Chelsea’s interest in Andy Carroll was a surprise, then you better take a seat when you read this one.

Carroll’s potential £20m move to Stamford Bridge is in doubt after the West Ham strikers ankle injury, which has forced him to miss the Hammer’s last three games, will keep him out of action for a for a further month. It is thought that Carroll could still require surgery on the injury which will keep him out for the majority of the season, making a transfer this month unlikely.

Chelsea are now thought to be looking at other options as they look to bolster their attacking options, with Sky reporting an interest in signing former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

However, elsewhere, the Telegraph are reporting that the Blues are interested in making a move from 36-year-old Stoke City striker, Peter Crouch, and have made enquiries over his availability.

It is thought that Chelsea would prefer a loan deal for Crouch, before being able to asses their options again in the summer.

It is clear from all these reports, and speculation of last summers interest in Fernando Llorente, that Antonio Conte is certainly looking to bolster his strike force and is looking players who can fit a certain profile, namely a big strong target man. Current first choice striker Alvaro Morata seems to blow hot and cold, currently enduring a five game drought without scoring. If he fails to score against Brighton on Saturday, it will be the second time in his short Chelsea career that he has gone six games without a goal.

Current backup striker Michy Batshuayi is seemingly not fancied and has been linked with the likes of Sevilla, Roma and Monaco in recent weeks and months.