West Ham's pursuit of Salomon Kalou may have taken a turn for the worse.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has signalled his intent to bring the Ivorian to Upton Park, but West Brom are now believed to have reignited their interest, according to the Daily Mail.

Baggies manager Steve Clarke is keen to add extra firepower to his frontline following the arrival of Nicholas Anelka, and it's rumoured he sees Kalou as the ideal candidate.

Kalou himself has made no secret of his desire to stay and play in France, having enjoyed a successful end to last season playing for Lille.

The former Chelsea man, who has a release clause in his contract of £2.6m, is looking to rebuild his career since being released from Stamford Bridge. 

West Brom's joint assistant manager, Keith Downing, added fuel to the fire by saying: "We've stated an interest, we've had some negotiations and we're hopeful he'll come to West Brom.

"Discussions are going on. We know we have a good set of players, a good core and we have stated we are short in terms of numbers."

The signing of the 28-year-old would be a major boost to either West Ham or West Brom, as the ex-Blues forward has previous experience at the highest level of the Premier League and is now hitting his peak.


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