Chelsea have reportedly enquired about the availability of Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk with the west Londoners looking for defensive reinforcements heading into the second half of the season.

Frank Lampard’s side are in the transfer market for a defender having seen their transfer ban lifted early, allowing the club to trade this month. The defence is said to be a priority, with the Blues leaking goals at the back at stages this campaign.

And The Times are claiming that Lampard has set his sights on Brighton captain Dunk to be the man that he can build a strong defence around.

The English star has been a key figure in Brighton’s rise, and survival, in the PL. The Seagulls value their star man at £50m and would be prepared to step aside and allow Dunk to move to a club of the Blues’ stature.

Lewis has made 20 appearances for Graham Potter’s side in the 2019-20 term, and his physical prowess has made him an attacking threat for the south coast club, scoring twice and setting up three assists this season.

The 28-year-old star also earned his one and only international cap in his country’s 3-0 win over the United States in November 2018.

Meantime, Chelsea have reportedly informed interested sides that they will have to come up with an offer of £45 million to convince the Blues to sell Belgian star Michy Batshuayi during this month’s transfer market.

The 26-year-old hasn’t started a single Premier League match this campaign and has not been involved in any of their last four games in England’s top flight amid talk of a potential exit.