After winning their transfer ban appeal, Chelsea are seemingly joining the race for Aston Villa target Said Benraham, according to a report.

The Daily Mail have claimed that the London club, who are now free to sign players in January, have scouted Brentford’s Benrahama.

It remains to be seen how keen Chelsea are in Benrahama, who is slowly but surely showcasing his talents in the second-tier once again after a slow start to the season because of an injury.

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Sky Sports previously linked Villa to the Algerian whizz kid, who is known to Dean Smith after he worked with the talented youngster at Griffin Park.

From a Villa perspective, signing Benrahama in January would provide the forward line with a much-needed boost and added depth.

Whilst there is enough for Smith to choose from at the club, he needs competition and he needs players pushing one another if they are not playing – and he simply doesn’t have that, at this moment in time.

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It would be a surprise if Chelsea were to move for Benrahama when the transfer window re-opens next month, but it does need to be remembered that they do like stock-piling talent and sending them out on loan.

Nonetheless, Smith and Co. would have surely already discussed who or how many players they will target in January,  as some freshness and depth is needed given Villa’s indifferent start to the season.

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