The Daily Mail says the Serb, who plays alongside Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic for his country, is expected to sign for Chelsea ahead of their FA Cup third-round tie against Queens Park Rangers.

With skipper John Terry failing to make any progress after he broke three bones in a foot, Grant has decided to bring in reinforcements for his defence.

The 6ft 3in defender played in last summer's European Under 21 Championship in Holland and scored for the senior side against Portugal in their Euro 2008 qualifier last year.