Chelsea have reportedly turned their attention to Abdoulaye Doucoure on the final day of the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Blues have the 26-year-old in their sights ahead of a dramatic Deadline Day swoop.
It is understood that Chelsea are big admirers of the Watford powerhouse and still need a midfielder to replace Cesc Fabregas following his January exit to Monaco.
The report details that Watford have been battling to keep hold of Doucoure after he admitted he dreams of joining Paris Saint-Germain, while Chelsea could now offer him a big-money move away from Vicarage Road.
Chelsea go into Deadline Day on the back of a 4-0 hammering away to Bournemouth and the worst thing the club could do is panic buy as some sort of reaction.
Doucoure is an interesting late target that is bound to split fans, but could he really make an impact at Stamford Bridge?
He is an all-action central midfielder that has become a key player for Watford and does look good enough to make the step up to a top-six club.
The Frenchman has been directly involved in eight goals so far in the Premier League to highlight his attacking qualities, while he provides defensive cover too with his brilliant work-rate.
Doucoure may not walk straight into the Chelsea XI and certainly isn’t a like-for-like replacement for pass master Fabregas.
But the club may feel spending big money before the window closes is the best way to get back in the top four.