By Alex Shilling, News Editor
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West Ham are set to beat Premier League rivals West Brom to the signing of former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, Blowing Bubbles understands.
The Ivory Coast international has long had a fan in Hammers manager Sam Allardyce and the club are believed to be currently in talks with Kalou and his representatives with a view to a move. The striker's French club, Lille, are understood to be willing to do business for a fee in the region of £3m.
West Brom had previously looked favourites to land the skilful forward but this late move by Allardyce, made just as Albion looked to seal the deal, is said to have pushed the East London side into pole position in the race to sign Kalou.