West Brom looking to lure Kalou back to Premier League

West Brom have certainly pulled no punches so far in the transfer window bringing several big names to The Hawthorns such as Nicolas Anelka.

After pulling off this transfer coup, Baggies boss Steve Clarke has turned his attention to another former Chelsea star to help bolster the front line with Salomon Kalou firmly in his sights.

The Ivorian striker spent last season with French side Lille but he is understood to be looking for a move back to England over the coming weeks.

With Kalou having a £2.6m release clause in his contract, it’s thought that West Brom are keen to make a bid for the player who has had considerable success in England previously in his career.

But signing Kalou might not be as simple as what The Baggies may like with the striker looking for a minimum wage of £70,000 a week which could put extra stress on resources at the club following the signing of his former teammate Anelka.

West Brom haven’t been the first English club to be linked with Kalou since he left Chelsea last season with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool having all shown interest in the past 12 months.

It’s not hard to see why though with Kalou having won a host of accolades and winners medal during his 6 year stint at the club.

Not only did he in the Premier League with Chelsea, he also picked up 4 FA Cup Winners medals and also as part of the squad that won the Champions League back in 2012.

Aside from that, Kalou netted 36 goals in 156 league appearances for Chelsea during his spell at Stamford Bridge including reaching 10 goals during the 2010-11 campaign.

His good form continued whilst at Lille scoring 14 goals in 28 games in Ligue 1 finishing as the club’s top goalscorer in all competitions for the league.

It’s this form that has brought Kalou to Clarke’s attention as he scans for several more signings before the transfer window shuts next month. This was compounded in comments made to The Sun where he declared that ““between now and the end of the transfer window — if no one else left — we’d need to add another four players. We’re pursuing a number of targets.”

Having already secured several big signings this summer, Steve Clarke and West Brom will be hoping that their growing form from last season will be enough to encourage the likes of Kalou to join the club in the near future.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!