Blues duo could be Rus­sian off in win­dow Thurs­day – Sky Sports 1, 8pm

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FLORENT MALOUDA and Salomon Kalou are poised to be packed off to Rus­sia as An­dre Vil­las-boas speeds up his Chelsea rev­o­lu­tion.

The duo will be given one last chance to im­press in Thurs­day’s derby at Spurs.

AVB has al­ready moved on Ni­co­las Anelka. The French­man is now in China with Shang­hai Shen­hua – who are also lin­ing up ex-stam­ford Bridge favourite Michael Bal­lack.

Malouda and Kalou rarely start these days and Rus­sian clubs are lin­ing up Jan­uary deals for each of them.

France star Malouda, 31, is wanted byanzhi Makhachkala – who are pre­pared to pay him £150,000 a week.

Anzhi are also in­ter­ested in Ivory Coast striker Kalou, as are Loko­mo­tiv Moscow.

Vil­las-boas is happy to wave them both good­bye at the air­port to free up space for new blood.

The former Porto man­ager is des­per­ate to bring young legs in to pep up an age­ing team and Ever­ton mid­fielder Jack Rod­well, 20, is his top tar­get.

One mem­ber of the old guard he still can’t do with­out is John Terry.

The Eng­land skip­per gave him a fright in Mon­day by get­ting hurt dur­ing the club’s open train­ing day at Stam­ford Bridge.

Thou­sands of sup­port­ers saw him hob­ble out of a prac­tice match be­cause of an Achilles ten­don tweak.

Terry is ex­pected to be passed fit for the White Hart clash, which is just as well as David Luiz is in­jured and Alex out of favour. Mid­fielder Ramires could also re­turn af­ter time out with a bruised leg.

Tot­ten­ham will kick off as Lon­don’s top dogs though, as they are two points clear of Chelsea in third.

They beat Sun­der­land 1-0 on Sun­day af­ter Chelsea had drawn 1-1 at lowly Wi­gan.

And Spurs de­fender Led­ley King reck­ons it was per­fect prepa­ra­tion.

He said: “It was im­por­tant we looked at that game, not the big one against Chelsea.

“It was im­por­tant to get back to win­ning at home where we are al­ways dif­fi­cult to beat. We did that and now we look to the next game.”

Spurs medics are giv­ing King ev­ery chance to play his first mid­week game in more than a year.

Boss Harry Red­knapp wants his skip­per in the team to face Chelsea as Spurs have not lost this sea­son when he has played.


The 31-year-old’s knee swells up and in the cur­rent cam­paign he’s played only at week­ends or on Mon­day nights.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Len­non have both been ruled out.

And with Tot­ten­ham strug­gling for numbers in mid­field, Red­knapp is con­sid­er­ing whether to loan Jake Liver­more out or keep him as cover.

Spurs are also be­ing linked with 23-year-old Bul­gar­ian goal­keeper Nikolay Mi­haylov – who was at Liver­pool but couldn’t get a work per­mit.

WE’RE NOT WANTED: Malouda and Kalou

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