“Still one to watch” – Journalist claims Chelsea would love to sign Premier League proven attacker as 30-year-old termed potential target

Chelsea could move for Palace
Chelsea could move for Palace's Zaha.

Chelsea are reportedly interested in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, with the Ivorian's contract coming to a close.

That's according to CBS Journalist Ben Jacobs, who said that Zaha could be an option during the January transfer window. Jacobs wrote in his column for Si & Dan Talk Chelsea:

"Chelsea would love to sign a proven Premier League goalscorer who can offer an immediate return to propel them up the table. Brentford don’t want to sell Ivan Toney midseason, making any deal there tricky. Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha is still one to watch, too.”
Wilfried Zaha has done some ridiculous things with the ball ... 🔥😮⚡ #GOALAfricaVideo

Zaha, 30, is coming into the final months of his contract with Palace, which expires in the summer. He's free to talk to clubs from abroad, and a departure from Selhurst Park seems likely.

Chelsea are in desperate need of an attacking signing, considering their poor goalscoring return this season. The signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling haven't proven to be effective.

Graham Potter's side are the lowest scorers in the top ten of the Premier League, netting just 20 goals. They also sit lowly in ninth position in the standings, and their hunt for a top-four finish is in jeopardy.

Zaha, meanwhile, has been in fine form this season, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 15 appearances across competitions. The Ivorian has proven experience in the Premier League, scoring 67 goals and contributing 43 assists in 293 games in the competition.

If the Blues can secure a cut-price deal for Zaha, it could be an extremely clever deal.

Premier League legend Chris Sutton questions Chelsea boss Potter

Potter is starting to feel the pressure at the Bridge.
Potter is starting to feel the pressure at the Bridge.

The Blues suffered another setback in their pursuit of a top-four finish, scrapping out a disappointing 1-1 draw to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, January 1.

Potter was honest in his interview after the defeat, admitting that his side were not quite where he wanted them to be. He said (via Football Fan Cast):

“It’s frustrating, and obviously we have expectations and want to do better. But at the moment, we’re not quite where we want to be, and we have to accept that.”

Sutton acknowledged that Potter was brave in his assessment of the situation at Stamford Bridge. However, the former Blackburn Rovers striker said that it's not the language becoming of a Blues boss:

"Very honest, Graham Potter was there, but if you’re a Chelsea fan, is that the sort of language you want to hear? Talking the team down, below par?”
🗣 "That's normal, but I could probably give you a lot of evidence to suggest otherwise."Graham Potter is not bothered by his critics since taking charge of Chelsea

Potter has overseen eight wins, four draws and as many defeats in 16 games in charge. His side's next game comes against holders Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday (January 4).

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