Frank Lampard has refused to rule out Chelsea making a move for wantaway Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
Uruguay international Cavani has handed in an official transfer request, with Atletico Madrid waiting in the wings to recruit the 32-year-old.
Chelsea are able to make January signings after their two-window FIFA transfer ban was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and Lampard has not dampened down any links to Cavani.
Asked whether he had any interest in the player, Lampard said: "He's a great player; I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself.
"I'm not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we'll see. He's an experienced player, but so are many other players out there.
"I think we are young, and we know about the transitions. The idea of bringing in experience is something I'm certainly not absolutely looking away from.
"Because sometimes the young players need a little bit of help, and if that's the case then that may help us."
Sporting director Leonardo confirmed Cavani's transfer request on Sunday, with the 116-cap forward's availability likely to spark a transfer scramble across Europe.
Cavani has struck just three goals in 13 appearances in all competitions for PSG, but his pedigree and experience could offer Chelsea a strong alternative to in-form England striker Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea bossed possession and territory at Newcastle but ended up losing 1-0 in Saturday's Premier League clash, leaving Lampard again frustrated by his side's lacklustre finishing.
But the former England midfielder insisted drawing another blank in front of goal does not quicken the Blues' need for new recruits. "I don't think Newcastle hastens anything, it's just we couldn't do any business in the summer window," said Lampard.
Victor Moses is understood to be closing in on a loan switch to Inter Milan after returning from a temporary stint at Fenerbahce, and the winger could well be on his way out of Stamford Bridge again.