Salomon Kalou could be heading to Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan, according to the Nottingham Evening Post.
The wealth of forward options at hand for new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has led to much discussion about the future of certain Chelsea stars.
Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, and Nicolas Anelka are all believed to be higher up the pecking order than Kalou. And with the great form Daniel Sturridge showed while on loan at Bolton and for England in the Under 21 European Championship, it's believed Villas-Boas is keen to offer the 21-year-old as many opportunities as possible.
Making matters worse for Kalou is news that Chelsea submitted a bid Wednesday for Belgian wonderkid Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku has been a long-term target at Stamford Bridge and is expected to sign before the end of the transfer window.
It's understood that should any deal go through, Kalou would join Forest on a season-long loan with the two-time European Cup winners. Should Forest achieve promotion to the Barclays Premier League, it's believed that there would be an option for the club to retain Kalou's services on a permanent basis.
It's believed that Kalou was approached about a loan move to Forest last January. However, in making 45 appearances across all competitions last season, it's hard to imagine then-manager Carlo Ancelotti letting go his utility forward of choice.
Kalou signed for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2006/07. Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, Kalou has averaged 45 appearances in all competitions every season, but has never scored more than 13 goals.