Cardiff linked with former Chelsea forward

Newly-promoted Cardiff City have been linked with making former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou their first signing for next season’s Premier League, according to The Metro.

The Ivorian moved to Ligue 1 club Lille on a free transfer from Stamford Bridge last July. However, the striker made a slow start to his career in France, scoring eight goals from 22 appearances, and speculation has grown that the unsettled international could be making a move away from Lille after just one season.

Kalou had previously enjoyed a richly successful six seasons at Chelsea, making over 150 appearances for the club and winning numerous honours including four FA Cup winners medals, a Premier League title as well was being involved with last May’s famous Champions League triumph.

The 27-year-old is keen to make a return to the country in which he enjoyed so much success: “I’d love to go back to England,” Kalou said. “I am crazy about the Premier League. Players’ careers change so quickly – you never know what will happen tomorrow.”

Cardiff certainly have the resources to help entice the striker back to the Premier League with manager Malky Mackay reported to have been given a £25 million budget by owner Vincent Tan. The millionaire Malaysian businessman, part of the consortium which took over the club in 2010 along with chairman Datuk Chan Tien Gee, had made promotion to the top-flight the club’s main ambition.

And after that goal was achieved after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Charlton, the club are understood to be very keen on bringing Kalou to the Cardiff City Stadium to begin their summer recruitment ahead of their historic first season in the Premier League.

Cardiff can only make a two-season offer for the Ivorian but this is believed to be acceptable to Kalou, who has only attracted interest from clubs in America and Asia.

Cardiff meanwhile will continue their quest to secure the Championship title away at Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

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