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Lille striker Salomon Kalou has reportedly told his representatives that he wants a Premier League return in January, with Arsenal the first club to be sounded out over a move for the Ivory Coast hitman.

Kalou was consistently linked with a switch across London to the Emirates Stadium during his time at Chelsea, but ended up joining Lille last summer when his contract expired at Stamford Bridge.

After 18 months in Ligue 1 Kalou is hoping that Arsenal's search for a striker in the transfer window will lead to a surprise £2.5m swoop, according to the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old nearly signed for West Ham United in July but ended up turning down a proposed move to Upton Park, with demands over wages and first-team football cited as the main reasons for a breakdown in talks.

Despite Lille's strong start to the season in France the versatile forward has not changed his mind over looking for a move back to the Premier League, with his advisors now actively sounding out English clubs over a cut-price switch.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the ex-Blues utility man and is on the lookout for strike cover to ease the burden on first-choice forward Olivier Giroud.

In six full seasons with Chelsea the Ivorian managed double figures in the Premier League just once, but did start in their Champions League final success over Bayern Munich in the highlight of his spell at Stamford Bridge.

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