After leaving Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season, Emmanuel Adebayor remains a free agent.
How desperate are Chelsea for an extra striker right now?
That will be put to the test if they decided to bring in free agent Emmanuel Adebayor, suggested as a possibility by The Telegraph last night.
The former Tottenham Hotspur forward is one of six forwards suggested as options for the Blues, along with an unlikely deal for Harry Kane.
Antoine Griezmann, Gonzalo Higuain, Saido Berahino and Jamie Vardy are the other four touted as options - all of which unlike Adebayor would require substantial transfer fees.
The Telegraph write: "They couldn’t, could they? Mourinho had Adebayor on loan at Real Madrid and may be tempted by a deal until the end of the season. But Adebayor has not trained properly since leaving Tottenham and is in Togo."
It's not just the lack of training which is a red flag over the on-off Togo international.
Emmanuel Adebayor has barely played at all in 2015, used sparingly and rarely as a substitute in the second half of last season, and not much beforehand, netting only twice, and needing to take time off to deal with personal issues.
Then there is the issue of motivation. Adebayor was offered a chance to sign for West Ham on transfer deadline day, but was content to get paid out of his Spurs contract instead to prove a point.
Previous work with Jose Mourinho is not necessarily a plus point. The Chelsea boss knows about Adebayor's good and bad traits, and with the club struggling for form and having to convince the world the dressing room is united, adding a controversial character like Adebayor to play a bit part role is a hassle they could do without.