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Arsenal are set to make a cut-price £5million January bid for Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou.
The 26-year-old is out of contract in west London at the end of the season and has stalled on signing a new £85,000-a-week deal as he wants guarantees of more playing time.
But manager Andre Villas-Boas refuses to make such promises and the Ivory Coast international is prepared to go somewhere where he will be valued higher.
Liverpool are understood to be monitoring the situation but a move to Arsenal excites Kalou, who is a fan of the Gunners, and it means he will not have to leave his London home.
The Emirates manager Arsene Wenger is on the look out for more fire-power despite the excellent form of captain Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman does not have the best fitness record and there are major doubts over the ability of back-up strikers Marouane Chamakh and Park Ju-Young.
Kalou can play out wide as well as through the middle and it is this versatility that has attracted Wenger.
One sticking point could be the wage demands, with Arsenal unlikely to offer the same deal as Chelsea, but if Kalou gets the action he craves he will take a pay cut.