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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a new striker before the winter transfer window closes next Wednesday.

Conte’s search for a powerful forward to add to his ranks has seen the Blues linked with the likes of Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch.

However, Roma star Edin Dzeko has been Conte’s top target but a deal seems to be having some difficulties.

And Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes Chelsea’s pursuit of the striker makes perfect sense, although he admits getting quality players in January is usually difficult.

He told the London Evening Standard: “Carroll and Crouch are not the kind of names Chelsea have gone for in the past.

“But January is a tough one and Sanchez is a one-off. The majority of the time you’re looking at making minor adjustments.

“If it’s a Crouch or Carroll, it’s just a back-up but Dzeko is something different. He is a very good player, an all-round striker with all the attributes.

“In terms of investing heavily, that will come in the summer. It’s very easy to say that Crouch and Carroll are not Chelsea signings but it’s not an indication of where Chelsea are going.

“It is more a sign that the manager doesn’t think they strengthened enough last summer.”

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