Salomon Kalou eyes Premier League comeback

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Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is keen to return to the Premier League after Lille made clear they are prepared to sell, and hopes that Arsenal will revive interest in his signature this summer.

TalkSPORT cites a reports in French newspaper L'Equipe which suggests the Ligue 1 club can no longer afford the Ivory Coast international's wages - believed to be around £80,000-a-week - and are open to offers for the player between now and the close of the transfer window.

Kalou has previously spent time in England enjoying a six-year spell at Stamford Bridge, before leaving the Blues in 2012 following their Champions League triumph.

He moved to Stade Pierre-Mauroy where he has enjoyed two impressive seasons in France, helping René Girard's side to a third place finish in 2013/14.

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The 29-year-old won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup during his previous playing spell in west London, and could prove to be a value for money signing assuming that Lille won't demand much of a transfer fee.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be a long-term admirer of the African ace, and came close to signing him in 2006 when he first arrived in England.

Arsenal interest?

A move to the Emirates Stadium was touted when Kalou left Chelsea two years ago, and the player and club have never been very far apart in transfer speculation since.

Arsenal have been particularly busy during the summer window, completing the high-profile capture of Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, as well as concluding deals for Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers.

Fans of the north London club are still hopeful that another striker will arrive in north London before the start of the new season, in a bid to ease the goalscoring burden on Olivier Giroud in 2014/15.

Proven goalscorer

Kalou could provide an additional option for Wenger should he decide to renew interest in a player that scored 16 goals in 38 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, and would surely represent a better prospect than the much-maligned Yaya Sanogo, even after the Frenchman's four-goal haul in the 5-1 Emirates Cup victory over Benfica last weekend.

The Gunners could face competition for Kalou's signature from West Ham, who have also been mooted as admirers of the former Chelsea man, as Sam Allardyce seeks more cover for injury-plagued striker Andy Carroll at Upton Park.

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