If rumors are to be believed, West London-based Premiership club Chelsea have targeted fellow Premier League side Everton’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini and will make an attempt to lure away the player to Stamford Bridge when the summer transfer window opens.

The Blues are expected to bring in a new midfielder when the current season ends as a probable replacement for veteran Frank Lampard, who has aged now. Although players such as Ramires, Juan Mata, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel have continued to put in hard work for the team all through the season, the need for a holding midfielder is important.

Fellaini, 24, has been previously targeted by Premiership sides Manchester United, Aston Villa and Tottenham, Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich, but the Belgian decided to sign with and stay at Everton since his arrival in 2008. It is to be seen if David Moyes and company will entertain any kinds of transfer talks regarding the player, especially after the team lost key midfield man Mikel Arteta to Arsenal last season.

Although the player had already signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park five months ago, Chelsea are said to have prepared a $35.68 million (£22 million) bid for the player, according to a Sun report.

Fellaini, who arrived at Everton from Belgian Pro League side Standard Liege in 2008 on a five-year contract, has made a total of 134 appearances for the Toffees and has also managed to score 20 times. He has also won 33 international caps for Belgium.