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Chelsea mull striker acquisition in January window

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Chelsea are coming up short in terms of striking options, admits coach Guus Hiddink, saying the club will move to replenish the department this transfer window.

Loanee Radamel Falcao is still out with a thigh injury, leaving the interim manager with only Diego Costa and the fit-again Loïc Rémy to call up to the first team.

Rémy has only returned to full training for two days after being sidelined with a calf problem. Hiddink also has options in 20-year-old Bertrand Traoré, who played in the FA Cup game against Scunthorpe United, and the youngster Patrick Bamford, who arrived back at the club after a tough loan period at Crystal Palace. But Hiddink says Bamford must “prove himself first of all with the under-21s”.

Hiddink has spoken about appointing two quality players for every position, but with Costa and Rémy not always fit together, the situation demands Hiddink sign somebody as backup.

“We are thinking,” Hiddink said. “We have to have good competition, good double occupation in every position. When there is good shape and the double occupation is there, then we are OK but we must not go into this danger when something happens with one or two strikers. I don’t deny that it would be a concern if Costa or Rémy were injured.

“I am thinking. And it’s not good talk when you are thinking in this case because, why shall we go public? If, suppose something is going on, it can be harmful when you go public. Theoretically, that’s what I’m saying at the moment.”

“I have good contact here with the technical board and others,” Hiddink continued. “They are open to discuss all the options. That does not say it has to be done or it’s done but it’s open.

“People come here and watch training and have normal conversations. I like it very much when people in charge of this club are not just always having a message but are also coming to enjoy it, to see the training and have lunch or a cup of coffee with the players.”

Chelsea have been linked with a litany of strikers in the January window, including West Brom frontman Saido Berahino, but Hiddink was predictably tight-lipped: “The window opens and the mouth shuts,” he said.

However, until a transfer actually materialises, Chelsea and Hiddink will be forced to rely on Rémy, and will no offload hiim dspite interest from multiple clubs.

“Because we have this multitude of games, I hope Remy picks it up,” Hiddink said. “I hope he will deliver if he is needed. It’s short [the options up front], that’s true. I hope they will stay fit. When we have Costa and him – that’s why I hope Remy can make his next step and get even more fit. At the moment, no [Remy will not leave]. He will stay until the end of the season.”

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