West Ham United have already made some excellent signings in the transfer window this summer. Of course the signing of Andy Carroll dominates the most headlines but the signing of Razvan Rat on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk is also a shrewd piece of business by Sam Allardyce.
And now it seems they could be after yet another astute arrival.
The Hammers appear to have lost out on the services of Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony of Vitesse Arnhem after there bid was reportedly rejected by his current club Vitesse Arnhem. However the Eredivise club are reported to be in advanced discussion with Premier League rivals Swansea City for his transfer.
But The Hammers have not looked far for his replacement with a different Ivorian being linked to the club; a name we should all know too well.
Former Chelsea forward Salamon Kalou is reportedly seeking a move back to English football after one season at Ligue 1 outfit Lille with West Brom and Cardiff City said to be keeping an eye on developments.
He did in fact recently confirm his desire to one day return to our shores:
“Playing in the Premier League was amazing and I want to have that feeling again. It is still the best league in the world. The supporters there are so passionate and know everything about the game. You see fans making fun of their opponents and singing songs and in other places you don’t have that. It gives England an extra edge.”
The news that he reportedly has a £3million buy-out clause in the contract he signed as a free transfer last summer has also come as music to the ears of Premier League suitors.
But while we may remember him as an inconsistent and frustrating talent Lille fans are desperate for him to stay; because at the end of last season the 27-year-old was in scintillating form.
After scoring his fifth goal of the campaign against Bordeaux in March he went on a scoring rampage; netting a further 10 goals in 11 games including doubles against Reims, Sochaux and Lorient.
If he can carry that level of consistency through pre-season and potentially into the Premier League; whoever gets him would have in their arsenal a frighteningly in-form goalscorer.
Is Kalou a sufficient alternative to Bony?
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