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The German publication says Dortmund have already found the man they want to replace last season's Bundesliga Golden Boot victor as they are ready to approach Chelsea to sign Batshuayi.

Sportsmail reported on January 4 that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had identified Carroll as a target for the transfer window.

He added: 'If they play with one up front he will be more of a hold up and I think with the players that they've got they come off more.

That message appears to have reached their counterparts at Stamford Bridge, who are now preparing to making a move to sign the England global on a permanent basis according to the Telegraph, with West Ham thought to be willing to accept an off of around £20m.

Bellamy offered a fascinating insight into Carroll but said he lacks the professionalism and dedication to succeed at an elite club like Chelsea and called his character into question.

"My conversations with Andy, and I do like him, but I don't believe you work hard enough in the week to be the player you want to become".

"I'm not keen to lose any players at all". And I never seen an inch of that.

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'[Carroll] is a handful on his day, he really is, ' ex-Chelsea midfielder Wise told Sky Sports.

"And I think that Chelsea, they need a striker that likes to go in behind and stretch teams".

Given Carroll's poor record in recent seasons, it is baffling that Chelsea want the forward, with the 29-year-old only netting 10 goals in a season just once, coming back in 2010/11.

Alvaro Morata is enduring his worst goal drought since joining the club and Michy Batshuayi has not been deemed a strong enough alternative, despite scoring in the FA Cup replay against Norwich on Wednesday night.

Conte is also keen to bring in capable cover for Marcos Alonso this month and Chelsea are understood to have made an approach to Roma for Emerson Palmieri.

'But, no, I don't think he is [the answer].


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