Chelsea now joint-favourites to sign Southampton right-back Cedric Soares

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to bring in a new right-back or right wing-back to provide competition for Victor Moses before the transfer window slams shut at the end of this month, and online bookmakers BetVictor have slashed the odds on them signing Southampton’s Cedric Soares from 4/1 on Wednesday to the 2/1 joint-favourites with Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

The Blues boss has been linked with a whole host of potential players to fill that position throughout the course of the summer, but the latest odds suggest he could be closing in on a deal for the Portugal international.

The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that the Premier League holders will pay up to £20m to bring the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge before August draws to a close, but it remains to be seen whether the south coast outfit would be willing to sell him for that fee or at all, considering their stance on captain Virgil van Dijk this summer.

Cedric has quickly established himself as a key man in the Saints team over the course of the last two seasons, while he was Portugal’s first-choice right-back in the latter stages of their Euro 2016 winning campaign.