Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has conceded he is weighing up bids for Didier Drogba and Jermaine Jenas before the transfer window shuts.
Former Chelsea chief Mourinho has been alerted to the possible availability of both players, given that the pair have been out of favour of late at Chelsea and Tottenham respectively.
Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has not selected Drogba in recent weeks, prompting speculation he may leave Stamford Bridge.
And while Mourinho remains a keen admirer of the Ivorian, with whom he won two Premier League titles during their time at the Blues, he stopped short of suggesting he would actively seek to prise Drogba away from West London.
"Jermaine Jenas and Didier Drogba - these are both players that I like," Mourinho wrote in The Daily Telegraph.
"Drogba is a very special player for me, there is no doubt about it.
"We had a great relationship at Chelsea and he was an important player for me.
"Will something happen? I don't know."
He added: "I like players adapted to my style of play, my philosophy of play. If I know them and have a good feeling from the past it is better, but I always feel I can create this kind of good feeling with players that I have never worked with before."
Mourinho also admitted he has been a long-time admirer of Jenas.
But with his reluctance to enter the transfer market, Mourinho said it may be that a trade deal would be the only way of bringing the England international to Italy.
"I never worked with him (Jenas) but he is a player I have followed," he added.
"When he was at Tottenham, even when he was at Newcastle, he was a player that I liked very much. Who knows?
"If it is true that Tottenham have some targets in the Inter squad, then why not?
"Maybe then there is a possibility of doing a swap. But everything is harder in January and I don't think Inter will go into the market."