Chelsea are preparing another bid to entice Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge.
Barkley snubbed the Premier League champions on deadline day in August because he preferred the idea of a move to Tottenham where he thought he had more chance of regular football.
Spurs were unwilling to make a move at the time because the 24-year-old Everton and England midfielder was facing months out with a serious hamstring injury.
Barkley is at least two weeks away from fitness and Mauricio Pochettino remains interested.
‘We are focused on trying to bring more English players through the academy,’ said Tottenham boss Pochettino, last week.
‘If we don’t have this profile we will try to take advantage of the English market and add more English players here.’
Chelsea are searching for ways to boost their squad in mid-season and will not concede defeat on Barkley, making contact again to find out what it might take to get him interested in a move to West London.
Antonio Conte’s tactical switch towards a five-man midfield in some of the big games would offer more opportunities for a player of Barkley’s style and ease the workload on Cesc Fabregas.
Barkley is out of contract at the end of the season and can sign a pre-contract deal with an overseas club from the end of this month.