Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri is best known for engineering one of the greatest title seasons in football, leading Leicester City to the Premier League crown in 2015/16.
One of the key components of that side was Danny Drinkwater, and the Whites must swoop for the central midfielder in January.
The Englishman has been utterly frozen out of the Chelsea squad this season under Maurizio Sarri and will be desperately looking for playing time.
Normally, fringe players such as Drinkwater feature in the League Cup, Europa League, or in cameo appearances off the bench. Yet the midfielder has not played a single minute all season for Chelsea in competitive fixtures; his lone chance on the pitch came in the Community Shield back in August.
At 28 years of age, the midfielder still has plenty to offer in the top flight, and his ability to break up play and showcase his impressive passing range will be welcomed in the Fulham side.
The squad is currently lacking in the central midfield department, with big-money signings Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Jean-Michael Seri struggling to adapt to English football.
The addition of Danny Drinkwater to Fulham’s side would be excellent news, as Claudio Ranieri would coax the best out of the Chelsea outcast.