Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed his interest in signing a new striker this month amid his lack of options, according to reports from the Daily Star.
Hiddink was appointed as the Blues interim boss until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month, and since his arrival the champions have turned their dire form around with three wins out of their five unbeaten games.
However, the Dutchman still only has two first-team strikers in Diego Costa and Loic Remy, with Radamel Falcao already looking to leave the club as he struggles for form and fitness.
This has seen Chelsea linked with moves for the likes of Jamie Vardy and Saido Berahino, but during the speculation Hiddink has finally hinted that he is looking for a new attacker in the January transfer window.
“Our options are short, that’s true,” said Hiddink, ahead of tomorrow night’s visit of Berahino and West Brom.
“We have Bertrand Traore, who is a youngster. There, we are thinking. We are thinking.
“We have to have good competition, good double occupation in every position.
“Am I concerned if Remy or Costa pick up another injury? Yes, I don’t deny that. That’s true.
“I’m thinking. It’s not good to talk when you are thinking. Why shall we go public? If, suppose something is going on, it can be harmful when you go public.
“That’s my intention, to get you confused. The more the window is open the more we have to shut our own little window.”
An easy option for the Blues would be to bring in Patrick Bamford from the youth team, but Hiddink seems adamant that the youngster needs more time before he can adapt to the English top flight.
“Patrick hardly played at Palace so that’s why he has to prove himself first of all with the under-21s.”, he added.