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Andy Carroll to Chelsea was a strange link. Why would the Blues want an injury-prone 29-year-old striker?

West Ham United didn’t want to sell and the forward’s latest injury meant the Blues withdrew their interest.

Then the rumour mill got more bizarre, with Antonio Conte’s side linked to Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes.

It was like they’d just gone on Football Manager, found who was tall and good at heading and decided to make a bid for them.

Of course, Conte wanted Fernando Llorente in the summer before the Spaniard's move to Tottenham Hotspur, but the alternatives were getting stranger and stranger.

A bit of sanity has been restored towards the end of the transfer window, with Chelsea linked to the likes of Olivier Giroud and Edin Džeko. But why are they so desperate for a target man?

Watch the video at the top of the page as we tackle the subject.


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