Chelsea are set to back under fire boss Jose Mourinho in the January window by sanctioning a £36m move for Everton defender John Stones, according to the Daily Express.
The Portuguese is struggling to lead any sort of defence of the Premier League title won only five months ago, with his side sitting in 16th position.
Despite their struggling form, ex-Real Madrid and Inter boss Mourinho is reported to have received backing from owner Roman Abramovich, as they look to shore up a backline that has already conceded 17 goals.
The Blues have lost to Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton domestically, as well as FC Porto in the Champions League.
Now, they are reported to be plotting a return for England defender Stones, who was a mega money target over the summer.
The 21-year old was the subject of four bids during the close season, and handed in a transfer request at Goodison Park in an effort to force through a move.
That was rejected by Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, and the former Barnsley man ultimately stayed on Merseyside.