According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are eyeing Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert as a replacement for Didier Drogba.
Ivorian striker Drogba, who is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, is out of contract in the summer.
Chelsea reportedly had the former Southampton man watched during Liverpool’s game against QPR at Anfield on Saturday, the day before Chelsea won the title.
The Blues also take on the Reds at Stamford Bridge this weekend, providing another scouting opportunity.
37-year old Drogba, who in the last game of his first spell at Chelsea scored the goal that won the club their first Champions League title, is third choice striker behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy, but with the two both injured with hamstring and calf injuries respectively, Drogba has been playing more.
He has stated that he wishes to stay at the London club, but manager Jose Mourinho is yet to make a decision on the veteran striker’s future, with the Portuguese man hinting that the final decision could be made by the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich.
Lambert also joins Tottenham front man Emmanuel Adebayor as reported replacements for Drogba. But after a prolific debut season in the Premier League with the Saints, the 33-year old has had a somewhat disappointing spell on Merseyside – scoring just three goals in 33 appearances since moving to Anfield for £4.4 million last summer.
Lambert reportedly turned down a chance to play for boyhood club Aston Villa when they placed a £5 million offer in January, despite the chance of regular first team action.
He is now, however, one of several Reds stars allowed to leave Anfield at the end of the season and is expected to go for considerably less when the transfer window reopens.
Crystal Palace and Hull, who also expressed an interest during January, could also return to offer him more regular action this summer.