The rumours linking former Chelsea forward Salamon Kalou with a move back to the Premier League have materialised once again today - with West Ham lined up to be the lucky recipients of his services.
When Lille managed to convince a then free agent Kalou to join them in Ligue 1, they had to give something away in order to bring him in. That was in the form of a very affordable €3 million release clause.
West Ham have reportedly exceeded that price-tag, with Sam Allardyce confirming talks were ongoing over a transfer for the player:
‘’As far as I know, back at West Ham, I think the chairman is speaking with the player’s agent. We understand the player wants to come back and play in England, whether that is with us or with whoever, we are having a look at it. Obviously from his record at Chelsea, and his goalscoring record this season in France, and his age, he is very appealing to us.
But whether that will come off or not in terms or what regular position he wants to play, may be the stumbling block.’’
So - it seems that Kalou is one promise over playing through the middle away, from being a Hammer next season.
And here is the problem.
Sam Allardyce is likely to want him playing wider - with Kevin Nolan joining the attack from the heart of midfield and Andy Carroll spearheading their attacking line-up.
Indeed the prospect of playing Kalou and Matt Jarvis on opposite wings is a frightening prospect.
But then again, there is little wonder why Kalou is so adamant about playing as a striker - he kind of deserves that chance.
His form for Lille last season was impeccable - in particular in 2013.
Kalou played 15 times for Lille this year and scored an impressive 12 goals in that period - often as the lone front-man.
With that in mind there is little wonder why Kalou is demanding a central position. He has earned it, and for the €3.5 million West Ham have reportedly lodged for him - he could be the bargain of the season.
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