Chelsea will speed up the signing of Bolton's Nicolas Anelka tohave him on board for Saturday's league clash with Tottenham.
Their striking crisis intensified with an injury to AndriyShevchenko.
Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are on international duty withthe Ivory Coast ahead of the African Nations Cup.
Chelsea overcame Everton 2-1 in the first leg of their CarlingCup semi-final. Boss Avram Grant said: "We have confirmed ourinterest in Anelka and hopefully will now get him for Saturday."