Chelsea leading the race to sign 18-year-old Norwegian left-back

London club are looking to strengthen their youth ranks in the winter transfer window and are planning to raid Norway for a second time this month as they line up Lillestrom left-back Josef Baccay.

Chelsea have already wrapped up a deal for 16-year-old Bryan Fiabema, who signed a deal at Cobham on Friday and was at London to watch the side blow away Burnley the following day. After the match, Bryan was introduced to his new partners, visiting the home dressing room, while he also spoke briefly to boss Frank Lampard.

But he may not be the only Norwegian teenager heading to London club this month, with VG reporting that the Blues are also working on a deal for Josef.

Baccay, who can play anywhere on the left back though mainly at left-back, is with the same agency, First Access Sports, who represent both Fiabema and a host of other academy footballers already at London club.

While the club are keen to sign up Josef, they would like to take a closer look at him and are hoping club will allow him to come in on an initial trial. Tromso allowed Bryan to spend a couple of weeks at Stamford Bridge at the end of last year so they could run the rule over him, and he impressed sufficiently to earn a deal.

Blues will pay nearly £860,000 for Bryan and Josef is expected to cost slightly more, having already represented Norway at Under-19 level and signed a professional contract with Lillestrom. Chelsea have a long history of snapping up some of Europe’s hottest young footballers to bolster their academy.