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West Ham Gael Givet, Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh

Hammers eye move for Rovers defender Givet and wants strikers Kalou and Chamakh

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22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

West Ham are weighing up a move for Blackburn Rovers French defender Gael Givet, 31, who is out of contract in the summer.

Manager Sam Allardyce remains keen on a loan for Lille forward Salomon Kalou and Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Wanted man: Salomon Kalou

Marouane Chamakh

Wanted men: Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh are West Ham targets

Leeds will compete with Norwich City for Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith. Swansea are hopeful of signing Bristol City winger Albert Adomah for 3m.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson is talking terms with Motherwell winger Jamie Murphy after agreeing a 100,000 fee.

Arsenal set to loan Marouane Chamakh out to West Ham

Hammers poised to take Chamakh from Arsenal in loan deal

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22:29 GMT, 21 December 2012

West Ham are in talks over a loan deal for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Arsene Wenger will pay a cut of the Moroccan’s 65,000-a-week wages.

On his way Chamakh could soon be leaving Arsenal

On his way Chamakh could soon be leaving Arsenal

Chamakh has come under fire from Arsenal fans for his performances.

He missed a penalty as the Gunners embarrassingly lost to League Two Bradford in the League Cup last week.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce also wants ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou on loan.

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England

Struggling Kalou's unrest alerts Redknapp, Allardyce and Moyes

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21:50 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 19 December 2012

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England with Lille ready to sell in January.

The 27-year-old joined for free from Chelsea in the summer as Lille beat West Ham, QPR and Everton, among others, in the race to win his signature.

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Those clubs could be tempted to take a look at Kalou again come January, but his high wages could prove prohibitive.

Lille, who came third in Ligue 1 in 2011/12 and won the doube in 2010/11, have endured a tough campaignthis season, and are currently languishing in 11th place, nine points off the leaders, Paris Saint-Germain.

Kalou has hit just three goals in 17 appearances so far this season.

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

Everton are also keen on out-of favour Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, who snubbed a move to West Ham in the summer.

The Serb joined Ajax for 13.8million two years ago but has only played six times this season.

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago but has only played six times this season

Champions League round-up: Bayern Munich beat Lille 6-1

Champions League round-up: Bayern smash pointless Lille to go joint top of group

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23:39 GMT, 7 November 2012

Bayern Munich brushed aside pointless
Lille 6-1 at the Allianz Arena to open up Group F, with Claudio Pizarro
leading the rout with a first-half hat-trick.

Bastian Schweinsteiger had set Bayern
on their way with a sixth minute opener and further goals were added by
Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos, while Salomon Kalou replied for the French
side.

Valencia joined Bayern on nine points with a 4-2 home win over BATE Borisov.

Too easy: Bayern Munich dismantled Lille, beating the French side 6-1

Too easy: Bayern Munich dismantled Lille, beating the French side 6-1

Two goals from Sofiane Feghouli and
one each for Jonas and Roberto Soldado saw off the Ukrainians, for whom
Renan Bressnan and Dmitri Mozolevski got on the scoresheet.

Juventus kept the destiny of Group E wide open with a comfortable 4-0 win over Norwegian side Nordsjaelland in Turin.

Juve, who now sit a point behind Chelsea and Shakhtar, were never troubled with Claudio Marchisio opening the scoring after six minutes and further goals added by Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Quagliarella.

Smashing: Juventus brushed aside Nordsjaelland and sit behind Chelsea and Shakhtar by a point

Smashing: Juventus brushed aside Nordsjaelland and sit behind Chelsea and Shakhtar by a point

Close: Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz tries to beat FC Cluj's goalkeeper in Romania on Wednesday

Close: Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz tries to beat FC Cluj's goalkeeper in Romania on Wednesday

Galatasaray's 3-1 win over Cluj in Romania guaranteed Manchester United's progression as winners of Group H.

Burak Yilmaz scored a hat-trick for the visitors with Modou Sougou replying for Cluj, with the two sides now tied in second place on four points.

After Celtic pulled off a momentous win over Barcelona, there was even better news to come for the Bhoys as Benfica beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in Portugal to leave the Scottish champions three points clear in second place.

Oscar Cardozo's second half double was enough to provide Benfica with their first group stage win, while Spartak's slim hopes ended after having Nicolas Pareja sent off in the 76th minute.

Deadly: Oscar Cardozo (left) sealed Benfica's first group win over Spartak Moscow

Deadly: Oscar Cardozo (left) sealed Benfica's first group win over Spartak Moscow

Chelsea to raise Andre Schurrle offer to 20million

Chelsea to raise Schurrle offer: Roman to return to Bayer with improved 20m bid

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21:57 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Chelsea are preparing an improved bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle as Roman Abramovich continues his recruitment drive for young talent.

Abramovich’s summer spree has been all about youth, with Marko Marin, 23, Eden Hazard, 21, and Oscar, 20, arriving at Stamford Bridge.

The European champions are keen to add Marseille right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, and Wigan winger Victor Moses, 21, to a squad which has been rejuvenated over the last two years.

Schurrle, 21, also remains a priority target, even though Leverkusen have not heard from Chelsea since their opening offer of 16million.

Rising star: Andre Schurrle impressed in Euro 2012

Rising star: Andre Schurrle impressed in Euro 2012

The Germany striker is tall, strong, quick, industrious and versatile — able to play wide or central — and impressed against the Blues in last season’s Champions League.

Going back: Chelsea will increase their offer for Schurrle

Going back: Chelsea will increase their offer for Schurrle

He is open to a move to the Barclays Premier League but is under contract until 2016. Chelsea’s approach prompted Rudi Voller, Leverkusen’s sporting director, to state that Schurrle was not for sale.

'The matter is over and I have told Andre so,' said Voller but Abramovich – or more particularly, his billionaire fortune – can be very persuasive and he intends to test Leverkusen's resolve with an improved offer of close to 20m.

There is space within Roberto di Matteo's squad for new signings.

Didier
Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Jose Bosingwa, Nicolas Anelka and Alex departed
Chelsea in 2012 and – when added to Yuri Zhirkov, Deco, Joe Cole,
Michael Ballack, Ricardo Carvalho and Juliano Belletti – who have also
departed in the last two years, the transformation is evident.

Both
Hazard and Oscar are classified as under 21 for the purposes of the
Barclays Premier League and so will not occupy a place in Di Matteo's
official 25-man squad to be submitted at the end of the month.

Moses and Schurrle, although both 21, turn 22 before the end of this year and thus would count within the 25-man squad.

One for the future: Victor Moses (second left)

One for the future: Victor Moses (second left)

If they can bolster the squad with these transfer targets, Chelsea would make an effort to move on some more of their experienced players such as Paulo Ferriera, Florent Malouda, Raul Meireles and Yossi Benayoun.

Despite the endurance of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, Di Matteo could yet start the season with one of the youngest squads in the Premier League.

The club also have a host of expensive young signings who will spend this season out on loan, including Thibaut Courtois and Kevin de Bruyne and possibly Romelu Lukaku.

Benayoun, back after a season on loan at Arsenal, does not have a squad number. He wore No.10 before his year away but this has since been claimed by Juan Mata.

Back to the daily grind: Juan Mata (secnd right) and Daniel Sturridge (right) returned to Chelsea training after the Olympics

Back to the daily grind: Juan Mata (secnd right) and Daniel Sturridge (right) returned to Chelsea training after the Olympics

Mata, Oriol Romeu, Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge returned to training after playing in the Olympic Games.

Chelsea's final preparation game for the new campaign is the FA Community Shield against Manchester City on Sunday.

The game has been moved from its home at Wembley Stadium to Villa Park to accommodate the Olympics, which closes in London on the same day.

Chelsea have not sold all their tickets but Villa Park is only expected to be a few thousand short of it 42,000 capacity. The FA have given 800 seats to the armed forces as part of the Tickets for Troops initiative.

Romelu Lukaku wants loan move

Lukaku confirms desire for loan switch if he cannot force his way into Chelsea team

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13:13 GMT, 20 July 2012

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Romelu Lukaku has reiterated his desire to leave Chelsea on loan if he fails to secure regular football with the European champions.

Lukaku, 19, has been heavily linked with a temporary switch to Fulham but he staked a claim for a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge with a double in the opening match of the Blues' US tour, against the Seattle Sounders.

The Belgium star spent most of his maiden Chelsea season kicking his heels, much to the 18million signing from Anderlecht's frustration, who was unable to be loaned out under FIFA rules.

Plans: Romelu Lukaku hopes to 'explode' at Chelsea

Plans: Romelu Lukaku hopes to 'explode' at Chelsea

And while the departures of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou – and the likely exit of Florent Malouda – could open the door for him next season, the Blues have been linked with a wealth of attacking talent this summer, including strikers Edinson Cavani and Hulk.

Lukaku told Sky Sports News: 'If I can stay here at Chelsea and be part of the starting XI and score a lot of goals for the club and make the team win, that's good for me and for the club as well.

'But if I can go on loan and play in another team and score goals and then come back and explode, it will be good as well.

'I just keep my feet grounded and work hard each day and then after the tour we will see what will happen.'

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed he will make a decision on Lukaku's immediate future following the club's pre-season tour.

Decisions: Roberto Di Matteo will decide Lukaku's fate

Decisions: Roberto Di Matteo will decide Lukaku's fate

The Champions League winners have been linked with a host of new players this summer and are said to be on the verge of tying up deals for Brazil star Oscar and Eden Hazard's younger brother, Thorgan.

They have also been snubbed so far in their efforts to sign Wigan's Victor Moses, according to Latics chairman Dave Whelan.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian has been touted again as another potential signing, as has Marseille full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Speculation over Hulk has been more muted in recent days and his agent has revealed the determination of Porto to keep hold of the 25-year-old.

Teodoro Fonseca told Record: 'I've been talking frequently with Porto officials.

'They and their manager count on Hulk and they told me that they want to build a team around Hulk that is capable of winning the Champions League.'

Tottenham in for Jose Salomon Rondon

Spurs weigh-up swoop for striker Rondon with rumours of financial plight at Malaga

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21:50 GMT, 16 July 2012

Tottenham are considering a move for Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon amid claims the Spanish club are on the brink of a financial crisis.

Rondon, 22, has also been watched by Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months but Spurs are weighing up an offer which could see Giovani dos Santos go the other way.

Going up: Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon is a target for Tottenham

Going up: Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon is a target for Tottenham

Malaga owner Sheik Al Thani allegedly owes several players wages, has refused to bail out previous debts and the Spanish tax office is investigating payments on salaries and transfers.

Rondon has scored 27 goals in two seasons for the club and Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini said: ‘Rondon has had substantial offers from Germany and England.’

Malaga are also considering selling winger Santi Cazorla and young midfield star Isco to Real Madrid.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas may yet revive interest in Internacional striker Leandro Damiao and is also keen on Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.

Eden Hazard handed Chelsea No 17 shirt

Keep your shirt on, Eden! Hazard snubbed for No 10 as 32m man is handed Bosingwa's old 17

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10:20 GMT, 13 July 2012

Eden Hazard has been handed the No 17 shirt at Chelsea despite insisting he wanted 10 on his back.

Juan Mata is the owner of the No 10 and 32million man Hazard has failed to budge the Spaniard.

The Blues won the race for Hazard when he left Lille at the end of the season with Manchester rivals City and United also hoping to land the Belgian.

Pick a number: Eden Hazard will wear 17 for Chelsea next season

Pick a number: Eden Hazard will wear 17 for Chelsea next season

Hazard made the Premier League big guns wait as he weighed up where to go but one thing he was set on was the jersey he would be wearing in 2012-13.

He said at the time: 'I have always dreamed of playing the No 10 role and wearing that number on my back, and you can see what a difference it makes from how many goals I have scored and set up for others. That will be a consideration when I decide on my club.'

But it's Jose Bosingwa's old number for Hazard while his fellow Belgian Kevin De Bruyne takes the No 14.

Marko Marin is the new No 21 following the departure of Salomon Kalou.

Salomon Kalou joins Lille

Chelsea reject Kalou seals Lille switch after penning four-year deal with French side

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UPDATED:

14:25 GMT, 7 July 2012

Lille have confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou on a free transfer following his release by Chelsea.

Kalou has agreed a four-year deal at the Ligue 1 side after being released at the end of last season following six years with the London club.

'LOSC formalises the arrival of Salomon Kalou, who has this morning made the traditional medical visit after his arrival at Domaine de Luchin yesterday,' read a statement on Lille club website.

french fancy: Kalou is set to join Lille

French fancy: Kalou has joined Lille on a four-year deal

'The contract of the 26-year-old
European champion is four seasons. The former Chelsea player is
committed to the club until 2016.'

Kalou, who was brought to Chelsea by
Jose Mourinho in 2006 after an impressive spell at Feyenoord, made 254
appearances for the Barclays Premier League club, including 147 starts,
and scored 60 goals.

The frontman ended last season as a
key member of manager Roberto Di Matteo's plans, making the starting
line-up for Chelsea's victories in both the FA Cup and Champions League
finals.

Ending on a high note: Kalou took home FA Cup and Champions League winners' medals during his final season with Chelsea

Ending on a high note: Kalou took home FA Cup and Champions League winners' medals during his final season with Chelsea

Kalou joins a Lille side who were
champions of France in 2011 and finished third last term to secure
Champions League qualification.

The club is moving to a new stadium
ahead of the new campaign and Kalou said: 'The project of LOSC,
especially with the arrival of the new stadium, is ambitious and I
really liked it.

'From what I've discovered the club, it has nothing to envy the greatest outfits in Europe. 'I am now here to have fun.'

Salomon Kalou set to sign for Lille

Kalou in Lille for medical as former Chelsea forward nears French move

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09:44 GMT, 7 July 2012

Former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou is on the verge of completing a move to Ligue 1 side Lille.

The Champions League winner was released by the London club this month following the expiry of his contract, bringing to an end a six-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

french fancy: Kalou is set to join Lille

French fancy: Kalou is set to join Lille

And the 26-year-old has wasted no time in securing his future by agreeing a four-year deal with the 2010-11 French league winners.

The Ivorian international arrived in the northern French city to thrash out terms with he club, who have won the race for his signature ahead of several other suitors.

Kalou is undergoing a medical on Saturday afternoon, with the deal expected to be confirmed within a day or two of its completion, according to French newspaper La Voix du Nord.