Guus Hiddink has suggested Chelsea are looking to sign a striker during the January transfer window. The Dutchman has admitted to being concerned by his lack of striking options and has hinted the Blues may try to add another forward this month.
The interim boss has Diego Costa and Aston Villa target Loic Remy at his disposal at the moment, while Radamel Falcao is on the sidelines with an injury. Although he refused to explicitly confirm or deny Chelsea are actively seeking to sign a new striker, Hiddink hinted he may go in to the transfer market to boost his attacking options.
"Am I concerned if Remy or Costa pick up another injury? Yes, I don't deny that. That's true," he said, according to the Daily Mail.
However, the Chelsea coach also revealed the club intend to go about their business in a quiet manner, rather than discussing specific players in public.
"I'm thinking. It's not good to talk when you are thinking. Why shall we go public? If, suppose something is going on, it can be harmful when you go public. That's my intention, to get you confused," Hiddink – who rejoined Chelsea in December after the sacking of Jose Mourinho – explained. "The more the window is open the more we have to shut our own little window."
Another option available to the Chelsea boss is Patrick Bamford, who was recently recalled from his unsuccessful loan spell at Crystal Palace. Bamford, 22, failed to start a single Premier League game at Selhurst Park.
Of his loan spell, Bamford recently told the Croydon Advertiser: "Things haven't worked out for whatever reason. I would have been more content if I had been given a chance and not taken it, but I haven't started a game in the Premier League. For a young player like me, that's not what you need so I had to take my development into consideration and make it the priority."