Chelsea will continue their pursuit of Nicolas Anelka despite having a bid in the region of £12million rejected by Bolton Wanderers.
The Blues ended weeks of speculation linking the France international striker with a move to Stamford Bridge after tabling an offer on Monday.
Bolton rejected the initial approach, but after resting Anelka for their FA Cup third round tie with Sheffield United at the weekend, the 27-year-old's days at the Reebok Stadium appear to be numbered.
Before the Trotters rebuffed the approach a Chelsea statement read: "We can confirm we have made an official offer for the transfer of Nicolas Anelka, which is being discussed with Bolton Wanderers."
Anelka has netted 11 times this season but has constantly been linked with moves to Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
The former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker joined Bolton in a club-record £8million transfer from Turkish side Fenerbahce in August 2006.
Chelsea are on the lookout for a new striker after losing Ivory Coast pair Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou to the African Cup of Nations, while £30million record signing Andriy Shevchenko continues to struggle to adapt to the Premier League following his arrival from AC Milan 18 months ago.