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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists he will have full control over transfers at Stamford Bridge.

CHELSEAcan make January additions after their FIFA transfer ban was lifted on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and manager Lampard has recently conceded bolstering his squad remains in his thoughts.

Recruitment has not always been a strong point for the club, with board and management seeming to be at odds with each other on occasions about the sort of player that is required, But Lampard is adamant that he will have control about who arrives in the coming windows.

“We have to get recruitment right, that will be a huge deal,” the Chelsea manager said on the Sun website

“Not just who the individuals are that come in, but can they help influence the way we play and the way we want to play?

“We are certainly joined up in terms that I have very close conversations with Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director] very close conversations with Petr Cech [technical and performance advisor] and Scott [McLachlan] who is the head of our recruitment department.

“They know what I want and I will be fundamentally in the middle of who and what we bring into the club. As it stands we are very open about that.

“I know we haven’t done anything yet, so there is no proof in that. But if it feels right from my side on the footballing point in January, and from the club side in January, then we will make the moves we make. It is a joint up effort.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reportedly told the club he wants to sign Manchester United target Moussa Dembele.

The Frenchman’s stock has risen significantly since his £20million move from Celtic last year, having netted 29 goals in 62 appearances across all competitions.

His performances and goals have attracted interested from United boss Ole Gyunnar Solskjaer, who is reportedly keen to add some fire-power to his youthful attack, and reportedly sees Dembele as a very good investment for the club.

But According to Sky Sports, Frank Lampard has been keeping tabs on Dembele’s progress for some time and has likened the forward to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba in private.

Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi, who have both struggled for regular minutes this term, are expected to be on their way out of Stamford Bridge this winter – and Lampard is determined to bring in replacements to ease the pressure on academy product Tammy Abraham.

However, Chelsea will struggle to convince Dembele to join them from Lyon, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, he said: “For Chelsea it would certainly be a very, very good move if they can get Moussa Dembele who is a proven goalscorer and very, very similar to Tammy Abraham as well.

“Whether they can persuade Dembele to come to Stamford Bridge on the basis that he would be No 2.

“They would have to sell it to him as well: ‘Look, if you’re better than Abraham then obviously you start’.

“And of course this was the problem that Arsenal had in trying to sign Dembele from Celtic before he moved to Lyon, i.e. they couldn’t guarantee him a starting place and Dembele chose, against Celtic’s wishes, to stay at Parkhead because he knew he’d be the No 1 striker.

“So that’s going to be a complex negotiation in terms of the player personally but not in terms of finances.”

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson insists Chelsea target Wilfried Zaha is not for sale in January.

Chelsea are expected to make many moves during the January transfer window in order to add some extra quality to certain areas of the pitch, especially as Frank Lampard needs to get back inside the top four this season in order to attract the type of players he wants in the summer.

And that has led to surprising speculation in the media suggesting that the Blues are ready to spend some serious money and acquire the services of Zaha, who has developed nicely over the past few years and is now one of the best wingers in the Premier League.

Reports have even gone on to say that Chelsea were willing to use Olivier Giroud as part of the deal that gets Zaha to Stamford Bridge, with the Frenchman seemingly on his way out of the club after failing to make an impact this season under Frank Lampard.

But Eagles boss Hodgson admits any genuine bids for Zaha must be considered by Palace’s board but is certain the club do not wish to sell.

“Wilf is not for sale, so basically I don’t need assurances. We aren’t trying to sell Wilfried Zaha, we want to keep Wilfried Zaha,” said Hodgson on the Sky Sports website.

“What assurance can people give? I have the assurance there is no one in the club that wants to sell Wilfried Zaha. But of course you never know where bids are going to come from and I suppose every time there is a serious bid for one of your players the board of directors needs to take it seriously. It’s certainly not something we’re looking for.”

CHELSEA target Habib Diallo is not for sale this January, his coach at Metz has claimed.

Chelsea served their transfer ban during the summer, appealed it at the beginning of the season and last month found ou that they would once again be able to sign a few players in the January transfer window, especially as they may need a replacement for Olivier Giroud.

Giroud has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months as he has shown his unhappiness at not being first choice at Stamford Bridge, with Lampard even admitting that he could let the Frenchman leave the club in the winter window, if he keeps pushing for an exit.

And reports have linked Chelsea with a whole host of players over the last few weeks, with reports suggesting that Chelsea are now interested in trying to acquire the services of Diallo, who has attracted interest from the Premier League after becoming the Ligue Ones top score this season.

But Metz boss Vincent Hognon has dismissed the notion that Ligue 1’s top scorer is for sale, telling L’Equipe: “I have never been told about the departure of Habib Diallo this winter.

“All the technical staff had insisted that we extend [his contract]. We absolutely wanted to keep him.

“And we were not mistaken. He will still score goals for us. If Habib is to be let go, that really would not be a good signal to send. No, no … he will stay!”

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