Arsenal will try and sign Lille forward Salomon Kalou this summer, reports the Mirror.

The former Chelsea player is on the Gunners’ shortlist, as they look to strengthen their squad for a title push next season. Arsenal topped the Premier League during the early parts of the season, but now lie 7 points behind leaders Liverpool with 6 games remaining.

Kalou was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in January, but the Ivorian revealed he turned down a move in order to stay with Lille. But the Gunners won’t take no for an answer, and are preparing a second bid for the striker this summer. They may be more fortunate this time, with Kalou interested in leaving the club for a new challenge.

The Ivorian left Chelsea in 2012 for a free transfer, but has revealed he would be open to a move back to England: “There has been a lot of talking about me going back to England. I had an amazing time with Chelsea and I always keep that good memory with me.” said Kalou.

“If I have the chance to go back, I would love to, because it’s the most exciting league in the world so I would like to try it again. Whatever team comes for me after the World Cup, I can decide where I can develop as a player, where I can have an impact, because it’s important to go to a team who suit me and who give me the opportunity to excel.”

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