Rumours are growing that Chelsea could be set to submit an offer to Everton for talented South African midfielder Steven Pienaar.
The former Ajax star has been linked with a move to London recently, with Tottenham also thought to be preparing a bid consisting of cash plus Robbie Keane.
Indeed, Spurs had previously been frontrunners to sign the international, but will now have to up double their efforts to sign the 28-year-old if they are to beat Chelsea to the player’s signature, according to the Liverpool Daily Post.
Chelsea are also set to race with another club from north London for the signing of Nicola Legrottaglie, according to the Daily Mail.
With both sides having struggled defensively this season, names are being bandied around Stamford Bridge with regards to who could come in and strengthen resources at the back.
Legrottaglie has been identified as someone who could fit the bill for both sides, and already has international experience with 19 caps for Italy under his belt.
The player is not the youngest however – he is 34 – and as a result he is unlikely to be a signing considered a long-term replacement for the likes of John Terry. However, as the Blues seek to get their faltering campaign back on track, the former Bari defender would certainly bring European pedigree to a defence lacking in depth but not talent.
Terry: This season unacceptable.
John Terry has slammed Chelsea’s season as “unacceptable,” according to Football News.
The England international has seen his side go from runaway leaders in their title defence to seemingly scrapping to get the points they need to stay even in the top five, and he told The Daily Star just how unhappy he is.
He said: “We’re not playing at the level we can and we’re slipping further behind the leaders with every point we drop. That’s unacceptable for a club like this, where we expect to win every game, and now we have to start to put things right.
“This squad should be challenging at the top of the league, winning games and pushing hard in every competition. That remains our aim, even if we have gone off course recently but, before we start thinking about silverware, we have to concentrate on starting to win games again.”