Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all appear to have been handed a major boost in their hopes to sign Salomon Kalou.
The Ivory Coast international currently represents Ligue 1 title chasers Lille but has a buyout clause of just £2.5 million in his current contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Arsenal's need for a new striker is crystal clear for all to see, with both Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner currently out of action with respective ankle injuries.
German Lukas Podolski and the inexperienced figure of Yaya Sanogo are the only credible froward options currently available to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, with the former only recently having returned from a serious hamstring problem.
Arsenal could face significant competition for Kalou, though, with both Liverpool and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur also reportedly keen on the former Feyenoord star.
Liverpool can proudly boast the most in-form striker in the Premier League in the form of controversial Uruguayan Luis Suarez, but the squad at Anfield has been exposed for a lack of depth due to a spate of injuries suffered in recent weeks.
With Daniel Sturridge currently out of action, it surely wouldn't come as too much of a surprise to see Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers move to reinforce his options in the final third.
Tottenham, meanwhile, who are still basking in the glory of that gutsy 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, will presumably have a whole host of new transfer targets following the appointment of Tim Sherwood.