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Former Chelsea forward wanted by West Brom

Kalou is a target for the West Brom manager (©GettyImages)
Kalou is a target for the West Brom manager (©GettyImages).

Former Chelsea forward and Lille player Salomon Kalou is wanted at West Brom by Steve Clarke, according to The Birmingham Mail.

The 27-year-old Ivorian is said to have been identified by the Midlands club as their top transfer target, with Clarke rumoured to be keen on linking up Kalou with new signing and fellow former Blues striker Nicolas Anelka.

Kalou has responded to the interest with welcome.

"There is some interest in me in England but, to be honest, I am enjoying my time at Lille as much as I can. However, it is not just my choice.

"West Brom are a very good club, with good players. The Premier League is attractive but I have a contract here."

Kalou, who has been capped by Ivory Coast 57 times, is currently playing for French outfit Lille, having been released by Chelsea at the end of the 2011/12 season. He had won seven major trophies, including the Premier League title and the Champions League, at the West London club.

He has enjoyed his time with Ligue 1, where he scored 14 goals in 28 appearances, helping his team to finish the season in sixth place whilst recreating the goal-scoring form that convinced Chelsea to buy him from Feyenoord for a fee believed to be around £9 million.

Kalou would be reunited with both his former assistant coach at Chelsea, Steve Clarke, and former strike partner Nicolas Anelka, who has signed on a free transfer to the Midlands club.

However, West Brom will need to trigger a €3 million buy-out clause in Kalou's contract with Lille reluctant to send the player out on loan.

Furthermore, Kalou's current £70,000-a-week deal may prove to be a deterrent, as, if negotiations proceed, an agreement would no doubt make the Ivorian international the highest-paid player in the club's history. 

Clarke is also competing against other clubs who are interested in the Ivorian, including West Ham where manager Sam Allardyce is rumoured to be keen to sign an additional forward to complement new signing Andy Carroll.

 

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