Former Chelsea pair set to sign for WBA

Former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka is on his way back to the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion winning the race for his signature.

West Ham had been linked with the striker but according to Sky Sports the 34 year old is undergoing a medical with WBA ahead of signing a two year deal with the Midlander’s.

The move to WBA would see Anelka reunited with former Chelsea coach, Steve Clarke now the manager at the Hawthorns.

Anelka, who has also played for Bolton, Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League, is a free agent following an unhappy 18 months away from English football in China.

The player spent the second half of this season on loan with Italian side Juventus and is now set to join the 12th club of his illustrious professional career.

The former French International has won league titles with Arsenal, Fenerbahce and Chelsea and was part of the last Real Madrid team to win the Champions league titles.

Anelka was also part of the French side that won the European Championship in 2000 and his arrival will bring some much needed experience to the WBA front-line following the return of on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku to parent club Chelsea.

Anelka could line up alongside another familiar face at West Brom next season with the Express and Star reporting that Steve Clarke could be set to beat West Ham yet again this time in the race to sign Salomon Kalou.

The Lille striker has been linked with a return to the Premier League but the French side will not enter any negotiations with interested sides until the release clause has been met.

Clarke had initially hoped to bring the player back to England on a season-long loan but his desire to be reunited with the player could see him meet the £3 million asking price.

Despite not being a regular starter the 27 year old Ivory Coast winger enjoyed a trophy laden 6 year spell with Chelsea winning 4 FA cups, one league title and one Champions League before moving to France.

The addition of Kalou would be another major coup for Clarke as he looks to build on last season’s successful campaign that saw the club finish 8th.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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