Reading's on-loan Chelsea defender Michael Hector is due to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to the Mirror.
In the meantime, Chelsea captain John Terry - and a possible rival for Hector's place - has revealed he has not been offered a new deal by the Premier League champions, leaving the 35-year-old heading for the exit door as things stand.
If Terry does depart, the Blues would be left with only Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, the injured Kurt Zouma and inexperienced American Matt Miazga as recognised centre-backs - although loanees Andreas Christensen and Papy Djilobodji may return - making Hector's delayed arrival in west London seem impeccably well-timed.
But even though Terry's departure could make life easier for Hector, the 23-year-old thinks it would be a shame if the former England captain had to call time on his Chelsea career.
"I have not been able to train with Chelsea or John Terry yet, it is a shame he might be leaving but you never know what the future holds," he said.
"I don’t know what he is going to be doing next season or where I will playing either. Right now it is about getting games under my belt and playing."
Hector, who's played in a variety of roles throughout his career, hopes that a recent stint in midfield will be of benefit to him going forward as a defender.
"The higher you go, the better you need to be on the ball as a defender, as well as defend," he added. "It helps me playing in midfield and gets me better with the ball.
"When I move back to centre-back hopefully I will be more comfortable on the ball and do well.
“I have played in many positions - right-back , centre-back , centre-mid, right wing. That is just going to help me adapt if I play different positions and learn the game.”