Chelsea are eyeing Everton star Marouane Fellaini. The Mirror says the Stamford Bridge club are believed to be preparing a £25million January bid to beat rivals to the powerful Belgian's signature.

Manchester United are also keeping tabs on ­Fellaini's ­situation at Everton.

Roberto Di Matteo is in desperate need for central midfield reinforcements after loaning Michael Essien to Real Madrid and selling Raul Meireles to Fenerbahce - while doubts continue to surround the effectiveness of the partnership between Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel.