David Kent from MailOnline has popped into the Football Transfer Tavern today to explain that West Ham have revived their interest in former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, who currently plays for Lille.
Kent grabs a bar stool to tell wide-eyed punters that the 27-year-old, who spent six years at Stamford Bridge before joining the French club on a free transfer in 2012, is now wanted by Hammers manager Sam Allardyce as he looks to beef up his attacking options.
Allardyce has already secured top summer transfer target Andy Carroll in a club-record £15m transfer, but the former Liverpool man looks set to miss the start of the season with a heel injury. That has seen the Irons moving back into the market in search of another forward with the former Newcastle manager admitting that the Ivorian international appeals to the club as a viable transfer option.
Kalou had a productive first season in France appearing in 28 Ligue 1 matches, scoring 14 goals but he has previous admitted that he misses the Premier League with interest also shown from West Brom with Steve Clarke revealing that he is a target for The Hawthorns side.
The former Chelsea man, who made over 250 appearance Blues is likely to be available for around £2.5m this summer as he a £3 million Euros release clause. A bargain price that suits the Upton Park’ club’s limited budget after the expensive summer recruitment of Carroll.