Fiorentina are hoping to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea as cover for their injured strike force, it has emerged.

The Italian giants are set to be without key forwards Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi for lengthy periods, and have been linked with several signings to aid their problems upfront.

The club also lost Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City over the summer, and now find themselves in desperate need of short-term cover.

Ba has not featured regularly for Chelsea this season, and SportsDirect News understands that Fiorentina are hopeful of striking a deal with the Stamford Bridge club.