West Ham United target former Chelsea striker

Premier League club Hammers want to iron out £2.65m deal for Lille front-man…

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is keen to build on the club's mid-table Premier League finish last season by recruiting strikers with experience of English football culture so they can propel themselves up the league ladder.

The primary target, according to the Daily Mail, is Lille hotshot Salomon Kalou, formerly of Chelsea. Ivorian Kalou enjoyed a successful debut campaign in Ligue Un, scoring 16 times and assisting on six occasions from his 37 appearances in all competitions.

It is believed a £2.6 million fee would trigger a release clause forcing Lille to sell the forward they signed on a free transfer in 2012.

West Ham, though, may face competition for the player's signature after West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke reportedly courted Kalou last week. A potential stumbling block in personal negotiations could be the player's £70,000 per week wage demands, however.

West Ham are also linked with Peter Odemwingie, Rickie Lambert and Loic Remy.

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