Chelsea are keeping tabs on 24-year-old Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony.
The Sun report that the Blues are preparing to make a £12m bid for the Vitesse Arnhem star at the end of the season.
Bony arrived at Vitesse from Sparta Prague two years ago and has been a revelation in the Dutch league. He has scored 38 goals in 57 league games for the club since he joined.
It is an impressive record but more importantly, 26 of those goals have come in just 24 games this season as he is in the form of his life. His goals have helped turn Vitesse into serious title contenders.
Could help Vitesse to their best ever season
The title race in the Dutch League is one of the most exciting in Europe this season. Vitesse are currently in fourth place with traditional winners Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord ahead of them.
However there are only three points separating the top four and if Vitesse manage to pull it off in the next seven games it will be the only time in their history that they have won the title.
It would be a fantastic achievement but Bony has already caught the attention of Europe’s bigger clubs. Mourinho, who is rumoured to be heading back to Chelsea, is an admirer and the club hierarchy will be hoping that Bony can emulate his countryman and become the next Didier Drogba.
Bad news for West Ham
Chelsea are ready to give up on £50m flop Fernando Torres and believe Bony will be an absolute steal in comparison at just £12m.
It is bad news for West ham as they were thought to be in the driving seat to sign the striker. Hammers Co-chairman David Sullivan had met with one of Bony’s agents on Monday to discuss a move to Upton Park.
However, They may now have to hope that Chelsea maintain their interest in Radamel Falcao or resign themselves to missing out on Bony.