The Sun says Grant is convinced a £10million January deal for the Bolton hitman is in the bag.

Moody French striker Anelka has a verbal agreement with Bolton that he can join a top-four club in next month's transfer window.

And he is expected to be unveiled as Chelsea's latest acquisition early in the New Year. Chelsea have been locked in a battle for Anelka's signature with United's Alex Ferguson and Manchester City for six months.

Grant is a long-time admirer of Anelka, 28, and tried to lure him to Portsmouth when he was their director of football.