Arsene Wenger has come close to signing Kalou in the past  (©GettyImages)
Arsene Wenger has come close to signing Kalou in the past (©GettyImages).

Arsenal and West Ham in fight for Salomon Kalou

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Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou looks set for a return to the Premier League, as West Ham United and Arsenal are chasing his signature according to TalkSPORT.

Kalou, who joined Lille from Chelsea in 2012, looks set to be sold by Lille, as they look to cut their wage bill. As their highest-earner, the french side are keen to get the Ivorian out the door first, putting the chasing clubs on red alert.

Good Form

The Ivorian's scoring record in France was good, netting 30 times in 66 appearances, only 5 goals short of his tally for Chelsea in 90 less games.

It suggests that Kalou has reached his peak and is likely to be a greater attacking force if he was to return to the Premier League, having found a rich vein of scoring form. 

His pace and goals would be great at any club and are something that Arsenal lack, with Theo Walcott the only wide man with a decent scoring ratio, having hit rich form before his knee injury. 

Likewise for West Ham, Kalou would offer an alternative to Andy Carroll and the 'long ball' game that the Hammers' fans have branded boring. His ability can act as a forward outlet for a more slick, attractive style that Sam Allardyce has claimed his bringing, following heavy criticism towards the end of last season. 


Whilst Arsenal would be at the front of the cue for the Ivorian, West Ham have pulled off a coup already this summer with the signing of  Cheikhou Kouyate who was linked with the Gunners and Valencia. 

The Bundesliga could also be an option for Kalou, as Schalke are interested in capturing the 28 year-old and would offer Champions League football a first thought for any top player. 

But, if rumours prevail, it would seem most likely that he would be Arsenal bound, especially as Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Kalou and could get him for a bargain price, as Lille are desperate to offload him. 

Thus, the Frenchman's admiration and cheap price could encourage the astute Wenger to wave his check book and bring home his first summer signing. 

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