Frank Lampard
The effects of age are visible in Lampard. Picture - Reuters.

Reports have suggested Chelsea could make a shock bid for Tottenham star Luka Modric, using Blues' legend Frank Lampard as makeweight.

Chelsea had three bids for the Croat rejected during the summer transfer window, but the Daily Mirror reports that they'll renew the bid during the January transfer window using Lampard to tempt their London neighbours to sell Modric.

The 30-year-old Lampard is no longer the immovable force he once was, in the Chelsea midfield, and manager Andre Villas-Boas has had no qualms about dropping him to the bench. The Portuguese manager's brand of football needs a fluid midfield and the Englishman has struggled to meet the requirement with age clearly slowing him down.

Modric remains Chelsea's top target and the player himself pleaded with Spurs to let him move to Chelsea, during the summer. The Blues could also use wantaway striker Nicholas Anelka and Didier Drogba to add weight to any future bid.