Chelsea senior scout Micky Doherty discovered Seamus Coleman and wants him to stay at Everton

The Irish international was linked with a move to Chelsea today.

Italian source Tutto Mercato Web is reporting that Everton look set to lose one of their star players to Chelsea in January.

The report claims that Everton are already hunting for a replacement for Seamus Coleman - with his move to Chelsea looking set in stone for January.

Of course that is just a report but there is a little advantage Chelsea have in their hunt for Coleman.

The man who spotted him for Everton, Micky Doherty, is now a senior scout with the Premier League champions.

In fact, in an interview with the Liverpool Echo today he mentioned how Coleman would fit in perfectly to the Chelsea fold - or at least would have last season:

“He could’ve played for Chelsea last season when they won the league and not looked out of place.

“He could play for any of the top teams but I am delighted he is still with Everton because Everton is in my heart and he has got the lot."

Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic has struggled for form this term, as have the entire Chelsea defensive unit.

The move could see the Serbian utilised more as a central-defender, where he may prove more useful.

However now would be an odd time for Coleman to head to Chelsea. The champions are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table whilst Everton are a few consistent performances away from battling for the top four this season.

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