Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole believe Thomas Partey would be an ideal defensive midfield player for Frank Lampard.

A recent report from The Telegraph claims that Chelsea have sent their scouts to watch Atletico Madrid in recent months in accordance with Lampard’s plan to bring in another defensive midfielder before the transfer window shuts on Monday.

Partey, whose contract with Atletico includes a £45million release clause, is mentioned as a possible target.

Declan Rice is reportedly still on top of Lampard’s shortlist but West Ham have repeatedly made it clear they have no intention of selling the England international.

In response to the rumour, Ferdinand said Partey could help Chelsea solve their defensive problems.

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He told BT Sport: “He [Lampard] will have seen that, a lot of goals conceded, and I think the most conceded in 22 years at the club.

“I don’t think he’s happy with the likes of Kovacic or Jorginho.

“You can see that because he’s chopping and changing in those positions.

“Getting someone like [Partey] that in to protect the back four or five along with Kante goes a long way to nullifying the goals against.”

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Former Chelsea winger Cole backed Ferdinand’s argument, saying: “As soon as possible I think Frank wants to nail down the goalkeeping position and back four and then he can just tinker with that midfield and Partey would be a fantastic signing.”

Getting such a done within just a few days could prove to be difficult, however.

The Telegraph’s report added that lining up moves away for players who may not feature this season is the current priority for the Blues.

They recently agreed to send Ross Barkley to Aston Villa on loan, but you could expect a few other departures, including Malang Sarr’s, and perhaps even Antonio Rudiger’s.

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