Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho has revealed that he is still in the market for a striker and will wait till the end of the transfer window if need be. The Blues have been strongly linked with a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and have had two bids rejected for the 27-year-old thus far.
"I won't name players who belong to other clubs. We go direct to the club. We will try until the last day of the transfer window to add a new player to the squad. A striker," Mourinho said.
The Blues are expected to come back with a final £40m bid for Rooney in the next few days and walk away if that is rejected, according to the Mirror. The former Everton man came on as a second half substitute in United's 4-1 win over Swansea City in their opening game of the season and has insisted that he needs more game time, having recovered from a few injuries that prevented him from participating in United's pre-season tour.
"I needed the game (against Scotland) because of the couple of injuries I have suffered in pre-season. Hopefully, I can kick on from that. I was OK although I had a few painkillers in the shoulder injury. It was great to have the minutes and now I'm looking forward to hopefully getting a few games. You always look forward to a good pre-season. It's important you do that. Unfortunately, I got the injury to my hamstring and then to my shoulder," Rooney said.
"It's been disappointing but you have got to deal with it. I have been working hard on the training ground trying to get myself fit. I'm not 100 per cent. It's only my first competitive game," he added.
Mail Online reports that Mourinho is also interested in Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o who is looking to move out of Russia after owner Suleyman Kerimov refused to finance any more big signings at the club. The Cameroonian has played under Mourinho during his time at Inter Milan where he won the Champions League in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Stamford Bridge returnee won his first game in charge against Hull City 2-0 with goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard.