Villas Boas wants two January signings

Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas has admitted that he ideally would like to sign two new players in the January transfer window.

The Blues have made it publicly known that they are eager to recruit a central defender, with an offer for Bolton’s Gary Cahill accepted and negotiations with the England international ongoing.

Despite this, the Portuguese coach has indicated that a second new face at Stamford Bridge would also be welcome.

“Apart from the central defender we might get one more player in, but we’re not sure yet,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s always difficult (in January). First of all, the top talent is normally cup-tied in the Champions League, or in the different domestic competitions.

“It’s difficult for the selling club to make players available. So it’s normal to struggle in the transfer market.

“Normally it’s a market where you overpay a lot and that’s not what we want to do now. I think that’s why we’ve set out not to do a lot in the transfer window,” he stated.

Porto attacker Hulk and Juventus winger Milos Krasic are two players that Chelsea have been linked with, whilst The Daily Mail have reported that The Blues have bid £8 million for Genk starlet Kevin de Bruyne.

Meanwhile, injured midfielder Michael Essien played 75 minutes for Chelsea reserves, as he looks to get back to full fitness.

The Ghana international has well-documented knee problems, and has been on the sidelines since July, but featured in The Blues’ 3-2 defeat against West Brom’s second team.

By Gareth McKnight