Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou is edging closer towards finding new club. The 26-year-old was released by Chelsea after his contract came to an end. He helped Chelsea win the Champions League in his final season with the club.

Due to the fact that he is only 26 years old and available on a free transfer means that a number of clubs have been showing interest in signing the Ivorian international. Liverpool and Arsenal have been the major clubs to show an interest in the player, while German club Schalke also appeared to be closer to his signature. However, it is thought that French club Lille have become the new favourite for his signature.

Salomon Kalou’s agent said previously that his client would favour a move to German club Schalke due to the fact that he would get regular first-team opportunity. Even though clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal were interested in him, he would not get regular first-team football, which is something he missed during his six years with Chelsea. Salomon Kalou was an £ 8 million signing from Dutch club Feyenoord back in 2006. José Mourinho expected Salomon Kalou to become one of the best wingers of the game, but he has been largely a substitute for Chelsea during this six years.

Even though he has been a substitute, he has not failed to score goals. In fact, Salomon Kalou is known for the large number of crucial goals he has scored as a substitute. He has been unable to get regular first-team football at the club due to the regular sacking and firing of managers. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is thought to have personally been interested in securing the 26-year-old’s signature, but Salomon Kalou has not been convinced that he will get regular first-team football at the Emirates stadium.