​Chelsea are ready to table an offer for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha - with manager Frank Lampard willing to include 'one of his strikers' as part of any deal.


Zaha was heavily linked with a move away from the club in the summer, with Arsenal and Everton among the clubs that were interested in signing him, but a deal failed to materialise. 


This season, the Ivory Coast international has managed three goals and provided just one assist in 20 Premier League games. 

​Chelsea were prevented from registering new players in the summer, but are now free to enter the market again in January after having their FIFA transfer ban reduced. A six-man attacking shortlist ​has now been revealed, with Zaha one of the players the Blues are keen on. 


It was ​recently reported that the west London side were ready to 'step up' their interest in the attacker, with manager Frank Lampard keen to land a creative attacker. With the 27-year-old continuing to be linked with a move away, ​Palace manager Roy Hodgson ​has recently admitted that while the club are not looking to sell the player, they would be forced to consider a 'serious' bid for his services.  


The latest development comes from ​the Times, who are reporting that the Blues are ready to table an offer for ​Zaha, after Lampard identified him as a 'major target'.

Wilfried Zaha

While the reported £80m price tag could prove a potential stumbling block, the manager may look to include one of his strikers in any deal, with ​Olivier Giroud one of the players the club are willing to offload.


With Giroud struggling for game time this season, the forward himself ​recently admitted that it will be 'difficult' to stay at Chelsea. West Ham ​have now joined the race to sign the Frenchman after David Moyes was recently reappointed.