West Ham to Launch £2.65m Bid for Former Chelsea Forward Salomon Kalou

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West Ham United are set to reignite their long-running interest in Lille forward  Salomon Kalou, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The Hammers have been keeping close tabs on the Ivory Coast international all summer long, hoping to be able to persuade the former Chelsea attacker to return to the Premier League next season by moving to Upton Park.

However, it had been reported that the east London club’s efforts to land the 27-year-old had hit a brick wall over the player’s demands that he be used in a central striking role by West Ham head coach Sam Allardyce in the capital for the new campaign.

But Allardyce is said to be determined to land the Ivorian come what may before the summer transfer window slams shut once and for all for the year on Sept 2, with the club expected to launch a £2.65 million bid for Kalou shortly.

The player himself only left Stamford Bridge last summer on a free transfer after six highly successful campaigns in west London, during which time Kalou registered an impressive 60 goals and 40 assists during his 251 matches in all competitions for the Blues, including 36 goals and 25 assists in his 156 Premier League outings.

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