'Chelsea target Middlesbrough striker Tuncay'

10 December 2008 11:33
The official line from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks has been that no money will be spent unless players are sold first.

But Scolari has made no secret of the fact that he believes the club needs at least one signing in the New Year regardless of sales because of the sheer number of injuries his squad have picked up so far this season.

The former Brazil coach has played almost every game this season with a lone striker, and only last night said that it is now time for him to start looking at how best to go about giving Nicholas Anelka some support up front. And with Didier Drogba going in and out of the Chelsea medical room this season, Tuncay could be the 'cheap' option they are looking for.

Tuncay moved from Fenerbahce to Middlesbrough in June 2007 on a free transfer and has since made 45 starts scoring 12 goals.

Whether manager Gareth Southgate will be willing to let him go however, will depend the futures of Mido and Stewart Downing.

Tottenham's annual interest in Downing has once again resurfaced, with Harry Redknapp's club now reported to be prepared to pay the asking price of £12 million, while Mido has made no secret of his desire to join fellow countryman Amr Zaki at Wigan.

Chelsea meanwhile, could lose Branislav Ivanovic to former manager Jose Mourinho's, and Panathinaikos are reported to have initiated talks with Alex's agent.

Source: Telegraph

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