The FIFA-imposed two-year ban - which was handed down after the Blues were found guilty of illegally inducing French player Gael Kakuta to join them from Lens - has been put on ice following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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That means Chelsea can sign new players in January and Terry fully expects to be welcoming new team-mates to Stamford Bridge in the new year.
"It's good news about the transfer ban being suspended but we lose four good players to the African Nations Cup in January anyway," Terry told The Sun.
"I'm sure the club and the manager are looking into that and having good talks with (owner) Roman (Abramovich).
"I wouldn't be surprised if we do go out and buy because we don't know what's going to happen in the summer - or the following summer."
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