Jose Mourinho has been given the green light to sign a new striker in the January transfer window to help Chelsea's title challenge.
Mourinho is privately frustrated that £50million forward Fernando Torres and Champions League-winning star Samuel Eto'o have scored just one goal each in the Barclays Premier League.
Demba Ba, the club's third-choice front man, has not scored in the league since scoring the winner against West Bromwich Albion on March 2.

Chelsea are five points behind leaders Arsenal after their shock 2-0 defeat at Newcastle but Mourinho had already decided to make changes up front.
The Portuguese is determined to add goals to his team in the second half of the season and the search has already begun for the attacking options to make the difference.
Chelsea's search in Europe is likely to be restricted to players who are not ineligible for the Champions League, but that will not stop them searching for a solution.