Ex Chelsea man Kalou looks set to be pushed out of Lille so that the French side can meet their wage budget and English clubs are looking set to pounce. Keep up with all of the latest updates right here:
Sunday 11th August 2013:
Talks between Kalou and West Ham were confirmed to have broken down last week, but West Brom manager Steve Clarke has now confirmed that the club have entered into negotiations for the player, but he himself admits that he is not optimistic about getting the player.
Tuesday 30th July 2013
We have also now received news that Kalou’s representatives have a meeting with Bursaspor lined up, but whether this is to enter into talks or reject the Turkish club is unknown.
Monday 29th July 2013
It has now been confirmed to us that West Ham and Lille have agreed a fee in the region of €3.5M for the player. Lille are now waiting on Kalou as the player needs to decide on whether he wants to enter contract talks, but it is suggested that this should not be a problem as he would like a return to England. Kalou has already mentioned how he would like to stay at Lille, but he realises how he might have to go as Lille are no longer able to pay his wages due to the new tax on companies. According to fans, the chairman’s son has claimed that Kalou has already rejected the club, but whether there is any truth in this statement is unclear and we shall have to see if West Ham will be able to change the player’s mind. More as we have it.
Sunday 28th July
West Ham have confirmed their interest in signing the player and there are claims that they are in talks with Kalou’s agent. West Ham themselves claim that Kalou likes the idea of a return to the Premier League
Tuesday 9th July 2013:
Kalou spoke publicly about what the future holds, both linking himself with a move to England and also stating that he is happy in Lille:
“West Brom are a very good club, with good players. The Premier League is attractive but I have a contract here.”
“There is some interest in me in England but, to be honest, I am enjoying my time at Lille as much as I can.”
L’Equipe are also saying that West Ham are lining up a bid for the 27 year old in the region of about €3 Million.