Chelsea almost finished talks with 23-year-old French centre-forward

London club held negotiations with Lyon centre-forward Moussa Dembele. Chelsea manager admits it has become apparent Blues need to bolster their striking options in winter. Frank Lampard watched his side dominate possession with Newcastle on the weekend and create 19 goalscoring chances.

Martin Dubravka registered a rare clean sheet, however, as a result of some wayward finishing and Isaac Hayden’s injury-time winner only compounded the English manager’s misery. Lampard wants to strengthen the front-line during the transfer window.

Tammy Abraham has impressed this campaign, scoring 13 times in his first season spearheading the Blues front-line, but the supporting cast has failed to weigh in with huge contributions. Frank has been linked with a winter move for Lyon centre-forward Moussa Dembele with both Michy Batshuayi, who replaced Abraham as a late substitute.

‘If we are looking for people to bring in to the areas to win games when you are controlling it, it is scoring goals,’ said a frustrated Frank after the game. ‘We can’t work anymore in training on finishing. You need to have that killer instinct in front of goal. ‘We need to score more goals from attack areas if we are going to get to where we want to be.

‘It’s quite clear from what I am saying now that we know where we need to strengthen, but we shall see. ‘We know we have problems at the top of the pitch in terms of we don’t get enough goals. ‘If you don’t score you are always liable for a sucker punch and they got it.’