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With Ryan Bertrand's lack of playing time comes plenty of talk of a January move

Mike Hewitt

Ryan Bertrand hasn't seen a lot of playing time under Jose Mourinho this season, despite Ashley Cole losing his automatic starter status due to some inconsistent play. Cesar Azpilicueta has become the new alternate to Cole on the left, with Bertrand barely finding himself included in matchday squads.

This has led to some speculation of a transfer, with Liverpool having shown significant interest in the past. Everton have been rumored as a destination should they part with Leighton Baines, as well as Southampton should they decide to part ways with Luke Shaw.

Another option was written about today, and frankly, it might make more sense than any of the previously mentioned trio as far as a January move would be concerned. Fulham have been atrocious for the vast majority of this season, and would reportedly be interested in taking the Chelsea player on loan.

The Blues should be in no rush to sell the England man, as his contract doesn't expire until the end of the 2016/17 season. The club are in an excellent position while negotiating due to that, as they won't be in a position where they're forced to sell or lose the player for nothing anytime in the near future.

Frankly, this would seem to make Fulham the most likely January destination for Bertrand, unless Jose Mourinho wants to see the player remain at Chelsea (which is entirely possible). A loan spell would leave Chelsea in better shape when Ashley Cole's contract expires in the summer, and would hopefully build the player's value should Chelsea eventually deal him.

Both Everton and Liverpool already have Chelsea players on loan, and therefore can't take Bertrand unless they send Chelsea's loanee back to the club. Chelsea would almost certainly leap at the opportunity to swap Bertrand for Romelu Lukaku, but don't seem to be very happy with the way Victor Moses has been handled.