Chelsea target Ivorian front-man

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried BonyChelsea are in pole position to sign Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, according to reports from talkSPORT.

The Vitesse Arnhem forward has been attracting the attention of a number of top Premier League and European sides following a string of impressive displays in the Eredivisie.

An excellent 20 goals in 36 appearances last term attracted the attention of Newcastle over the summer, but a transfer never came to fruition.

Now the Blues are believed to be interested in the 23-year-old, who would be keen to play in England.

Roberto Di Matteo is woefully short on central striking options, with Spaniard Fernando Torres failing to impress since his £50m arrival in 2011 and back-up hit-man Daniel Sturridge rumoured to be unhappy at the club.

Reports suggest that Bony could be available for around £8m in January, with his employers likely to be interested in cashing in while his stock remains high.

Serie A duo Napoli and Udinese are also keen and would rival any bid made by the Londoners.

The front-man began his career with Ivorian club Issia Wazi, before he was snapped up as a youngster by Sparta Prague.

After averaging a goal every three games between 2008 and 2011, Vitesse came calling taking Bony to Holland where he has continued to impress.