Chelsea are reportedly considering bringing Tammy Abraham back from his loan spell at Aston Villa in the new year.
According to the print edition of the Sunday Mirror – reported via Sky Sports Live Blog [2/12/18, 07:34], Chelsea could recall Abraham in January.
With Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud both failing to find consistent goal scoring form this term, there could be a vacancy up front at Stamford Bridge.
And Abraham’s tally of 11 goals in 15 games – including six in his last three – has caught Maurizio Sarri’s eye.
But losing the 21-year-old would be devastating for Aston Villa, who have been flying with him up front.
The England under-21 striker is one of the most deadly strikers in the Championship and he would be tough to replace if they lost him in January.
But could this open the door for a potential loan swoop for Bournemouth outcast Jermain Defoe?
The 36-year-old is a natural goal scorer but has managed just four substitute outings for the Cherries this season.
Defoe has 162 Premier League goals to his name during an illustrious career and a step down to the Championship would make sense for him.
The 57-cap England international would get chances at Villa Park and he has the ability to tuck them away.
If Abraham leaves, he would leave a void in the striker department at Aston Villa; but that is one which Defoe can fill.