West Ham United could target Florent Malouda, who is a free agent following his release by Chelsea according to The Telegraph.

The 33 year-old winger was forced to play out the final year of his Blues contract training with academy players, after being ousted from the first-team squad for refusing to take a pay-cut to leave Stamford Bridge last summer. 

Malouda had requested a transfer away from Chelsea last summer, following France's unsuccessful showing at Euro 2012 but, despite interest from several Brazilian clubs, no one was prepared to match his £80,000 a week wages. 

His last game for the club ironically proved to be the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012, when he came on as a second-half substitute for Ryan Bertrand. 

It had been assumed that Malouda, who spent six years with Chelsea after signing for £13 million from Lyon, would belatedly make his move to Brazil this summer, but West Ham are reportedly prepared to submit a rival bid. The London club must now weigh up whether he still has the desire to play in the top flight.  

Malouda is not the only player with Chelsea links being considered by the Hammers. The club have also been offered the chance to sign Saloman Kalou, who left Stamford Bridge last year after his contract expired and moved to French club Lille.  

It is understood that the 27 year-old Ivory Coast international is keen to return to England and would want to join West Ham if an offer is made.  


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