Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to rule out the possibility of his side making a move for wantaway Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
Cavani, who has less than six months remaining on his current deal in the French capital, has handed in a transfer request.
Indeed, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel admitted that he is unsure whether the Uruguayan will be at the club in February.
Chelsea are in the hunt for a striker to support England international Tammy Abraham, with Olivier Giroud expected to leave Stamford Bridge before the end of January.
Asked in his latest press conference whether a short-term loan deal for Cavani could be on the cards, Lampard said: “He’s a great player; I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goal-scoring record speaks for itself.
“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. He’s an experienced player, but so are many other players out there.
“I think we are young, and we know about the transitions. The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from.
“Because sometimes the young players need a little bit of help, and if that’s the case then that may help us.”
Chelsea bossed possession and territory at Newcastle but wound up losing 1-0 in Saturday’s Premier League clash, leaving Lampard again frustrated by his side’s lacklustre finishing.
But the former England midfielder insisted drawing another blank in front of goal does not quicken the Blues’ need for new recruits.
“I don’t think Newcastle hastens anything, it’s just we couldn’t do any business in the summer window,” Lampard said.
“At this point it’s something we’ve seen as a bit of a problem in our home games.
“So we’ve got to work hard with the group here, and then if we can improve in terms of goal scoring, it’s for sure something we have to look at.”
Elsewhere, Chelsea midfield target Boubakary Soumare has insisted that he does not see himself leaving Lille before the end of the season.
Soumare has impressed in defensive midfield for the Ligue 1 side this term and previous reports suggested that he was set to choose between Chelsea and Manchester United by the end of this month.
However, he told L’Equipe: “[The speculation] has not worried me. Reporting matters to the people who read it and the people who write it
“I do not see myself leaving. I feel good here. I am learning, we have big objectives to attain, like qualification for the Champions League.
“A departure is not on the cards.”