Bolton are holding out for a fee of about £15 million for their leading scorer, who signed a new four-year contract last summer, and Megson is adamant that Anelka will remain part of his plans until any deal is complete, despite leaving the 28-year-old out of last weekend's FA Cup defeat by Sheffield United. While Megson knows it will be difficult to deny Anelka a move to Stamford Bridge, he is still clinging to the hope that he will be able to call on the forward after the end of this month's transfer window.
The manager said: "[Chelsea] have not been able to match what we want for him and I am still hopeful they can't and Nic stays here. But that remains to be seen. Any deal has to suit three parties. It has to be right for us, for Chelsea and for Nic. If he does go, it has to be for the right reasons."