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West Brom eye former Chelsea ace

Salomon Kalou

West Brom Albion are looking to snap up former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, after the forward rejected a move to West Ham, reports the Daily Mirror. 

The Baggies – like West Ham – have agreed a £4million deal for the striker, and are thought to be the favourites to secure the deal.

Kalou is understood to have rejected a move to Upton Park, due to the fact the Hammers couldn’t promise him he would play as a central striker.

Sam Allardyce hoped to play Kalou as a wide man in a front three, which would see new£15million signing Andy Carroll deployed as the central striker.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke is thought to have spoken with the player, and given him encouragement that he will be used as a centre forward at the Hawthorns, following the departure of Romelu Lukaku, who has returned to Chelsea following a successful loan spell last season.

27-year-old Kalou is desperate for a return to the Premier League after just one season away.

The Ivory Coast international signed for Lille last summer on a free transfer having been released by Chelsea, where he scored a total of 14 goals last season.

If the deal goes through, it would represent West Brom’s second signing of a striker this summer, following the earlier capture of French veteran Nicolas Anelka.

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