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Newcastle United to Swoop For Free Agent Salomon Kalou

Toon enter race for former Chelsea attacker.

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Newcastle want to sign free-agent Salomon Kalou but face stiff competition from across Europe for the Ivorian.

The speedy forward is without a club after being released by Chelsea last month and Magpies boss Alan Pardew is keen to tie-up a deal to bring the 26-year-old to St James’ Park, reports talkSPORT.

The Newcastle boss faces competition from Bundesliga outfit Schalke, who have offered Kalou a lucrative deal plus the lure of Champions League football, while Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool also remain interested.

Kalou played from the outset in just 16 games for Chelsea last season but started both legs of the legendary Champions League semi-final against Barcelona and the final in Munich on 19 May.

Pardew is keen to replace winger Gabriel Obertan, who has failed to impress after joining from Manchester United last summer.

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