Shanghai Shenhua have confirmed they want to bring Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to the ambitious Chinese club.
The club signalled their ambition by agreeing a two-year deal with Nicolas Anelka, which starts in the New Year, and they want to unite the Frenchman with his Stamford Bridge team-mate.
The Ivory Coast international's future remains uncertain as his current contract is due to expire in the summer and he has already rebuffed the club's offer of a one-year extension.
Drogba has been in excellent form under Andre Villas-Boas with four goals in his last four outings, including a double in last week's 3-0 UEFA Champions League win over Valencia.
Shenhua are aware of Drogba's talents and director Zhou Jun claims they have already held initial talks with the 33-year-old hit-man.
"Drogba is an excellent player. We got in touch with him two weeks ago," commented Zhou.
"From our club's perspective, we have this to say - if he is willing to come, we will definitely welcome him."