Liverpool and Everton given hope in chase for £7m Lille star

Salomon Kalou Ivory Coast

Ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou may be set for a Premier League return with Lille boss Rene Giraud uncertain over the player’s future at the club.

Salomon Kalou could be in line for a move to Merseyside this summer, though it remains to be seen as to where the 28-year-old will end up with both Liverpool and Everton keen to recruit the former Chelsea forward.

The Premier League duo were nevertheless given a boost in their pursuit of the Ivory Coast international this week after Lille manager Rene Giraud admitted that the striker could be set for a move away from Ligue 1.

Speaking on the future of fellow Lille star Divock Origi, the French manager moved to confirm that the Belgian would remain at the club next season, though he went on to admit that the same could not be said for the former Pensioners favourite.

“With regards to Salomon Kalou, it is less certain. But for now, he is at Lille,” he told reporters.

Signed on a free transfer back in 2012 after six years at Stamford Bridge, the Ivorian has racked up an impressive 30 goals in 66 league appearances for Lille, including 16 strikes last term alone.

Currently valued at around £7 million, the forward has been the subject of intense transfer speculation for much of the past year, with the likes of Arsenal also linked with a move for the striker.

But with the Gunners well-stocked in that particular area of the field, following Alexis Sanchez’s arrival, Kalou could instead opt for a move to one of either Liverpool or Everton.

The Reds are in need of forward-line reinforcements following the big-money sale of Luis Suarez and while the 28-year-old is unlikely to be a guaranteed starter, Brendan Rodgers may be keen on recruiting him as a squad player, having previously worked together at Chelsea.

However if Kalou is keen to enjoy more regular game time then a move to Everton could be preferred, with the Toffees keen to bring in a striker who can lead the line in the way Romelu Lukaku did last term.

Regardless of who the Ivorian chooses, a Premier League return looks an increasing possibility.

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