Hiddink targets first Chelsea January signing
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Guus Hiddink is targeting a new striker in January as he is set to be given money by Chelsea to strengthen the under-performing squad, Football Insider sources understand.
Hiddink’s No1 priority is to recruit a proven goalscorer as he makes plans for the team to try to climb up from their lowly Premier League position.
Misfiring trio Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have scored a combined eight goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season.
Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich is ready to bankroll a major transfer in the January market and trusts Hiddink to identify targets despite only being caretaker manager.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that discussions have already taken place about the type of forward who Hiddink believes could fit into the team’s style of play.
Asked about the January transfer window at his first media address on Wednesday, Hiddink said: “Let’s go into the next few games and then we’ll see. We didn’t stipulate, but we know also that it’s always open.
“But first I like to embed a bit now in the first days and games, and then we’ll see what happens. It depends on the results.
“Being interim manager is very good to your question… The future has to be determined by whoever is in charge then, not now.”
Despite beating Sunderland 3-1 last Saturday, which Hiddink watched from the stands, Chelsea are rooted in 15th in the Premier League.