Would Newcastle Be Interested In Solomon Kalou?

We notice that with Fernando Torres now at Chelsea,  Ivory Coast International Solomon Kalou has dropped further down the pecking order at Chelsea.

Jose Enrique challenging Kalou in game on Tyneside

And we wonder if Kalou may become available in the summer, since he is reported today,  to want to consider his future at that time.

This is what Solomon said today:

“It’s been ­difficult watching from the sidelines these past few weeks,” “If an opportunity doesn’t come, that’s when you sit down at the end of the season and think about it.”“Every game it’s possible to make the right decision and it has to be something you’re doing for the good of your own ­career.”

“You don’t make any decisions by ­rushing them.””  “They are all top strikers. But I have to say that if you take the statistics I’m not far from them.” “I can reach their level, so I have to keep working hard and that’s the only way I will get into the team.”

“The manager knows I can bring something to the team as well. Right now he’s making the choice of Torres and ­Anelka. It’s working well and we’re winning games. So I have to wait.”   “Torres is a top striker and has changed teams in the middle of the season before, which is never easy. I think he is going to need time to adapt.”

It may be difficult for Newcastle to attract the striker, but it may help that we have fellow Ivory Coast Intentional Cheick Tiote already on board, but of course we cannot offer European football.

There’s no doubt Kalou is a good player,  and in his 301 first class games so far in his career he has 101 goals, so one goal every three matches is not too bad at all,  and he’s got class too.

25 year-old Kalou  was born in Oume back in the summer of 1985 in the Ivory Coast, and began his career at Mimosas in Abidjan  in 2000.

He went on loan briefly from 2002-2003 to Excelsior Rotterdam, and finally moved to Feyenoord in 2003 (99 games and 50 goals), before ending up at Chelsea in 2006 (211 appearances and 51 goals).

If Chelsea do decide to let Kalou move on in the summer, there will no doubt be some big clubs in for the player. We’re not sure if Newcastle could get him to Tyneside, but we’d like to think we could.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    he is in a chelsea team where he got lots of supply but he still struggle to find his form

    sorry, no for me

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Kalou, you’re welcome =)

    Great Forward, I like so much him.

  • Sinner

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Would take both him and Bosingwa from Chelsea! 🙂

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree sinner! Bosingwa is injury prone though -.-
    If we get sturridge and kalou in the summer i will be crying!! Sturridge kalou upfront with ben arfa and gervinho on the wings, barton and tiote in the middle.. oh my

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree with Sinner.

  • bobby jay

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    i think he would be an awesome addition !! top player who’ll have a point to prove after being dropped ! pair him up with Sturridge or Gervinho IMO

  • bobby jay

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    also agree with sinner, bosingwa is free in summer aswell aint he ???

  • geist

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    anybody got sopcast links for man u liverpool game… myp2p is not working

  • geist

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #9

    never mind its back up

  • daneevz

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    http://atdhenet.tv/ best for free streaming in my opinon

  • daneevz

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    id happily take kalou young prem experience decent get goals why not!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #12

    this might be me dreaming, but i know theres a chance of us lining up with this team at the start of the season (even if it is a 0.0000001% chance)


    All the players i have mentioned (that currently don’t play with us) could all be obtained within reason for the following prices if we bargain right and all want to move to the EPL..

    Taiwo: Free (will be tough to get but if not M’Bengue would do for 5mil)

    Gervinho: 8mil (we can get him, Tiote could play a part as well, his contract runs out in 18months as well)

    Lens: 10mil ( money would play the biggest part here)

    Turan: 12mil (wants a move to the Prem as he reaches his prime and wants 1st team football which we could offer)

    Ireland: 4mil ( simple, he hates Villa, we can get him for a low price and is a good player)

    Erdinic: 8mil ( wants European football but also wants to move to the Prem, again money talks, absolute quality player though)

    Total: 42mil

    With the 35mil plus the possible sale of Enrique (which of course i wouldn’t want) 15- 20mil then we would have an incredibly strong team whilst still having money left for wages etc.

  • solano

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Regardless of the debate over the ability and quality of Kalou and Bosingwa….people have to realise that these players will be used to Roman’s payroll….I can’t see them accepting an undoubted step-down in level unless they are “rewarded” with top wages ………..our billionaire was apparently nearly bankrupted by KK’s tribunal claim……so it’s not going to happen…..(for the record, I don’t think they would contribute much anyway)

  • Jose Enrique

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Turkish Magpie.

    I think its more then dreaming mate. No way Mike Ashley spends that much. I doubt he will even spend all of the 35 million.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Jesus, and we say we’re not deluded! What bloody Chelsea player is going to come here for comparative peanuts. Even if we do stay up, we will be able to compete for what is left when Spurs, Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man City have had all the rich pickings. All clubs who will pay bigger salaries and fees, and with far better reputations than we have in the game thanks to the FCB. Even Enrique is going around telling all and sundry that we’re a crap run outfit with no ambition, and this may come as a surprise to some of you, but these players and their agents all talk to each other, and word soon gets around the grapevine.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Spot on Jimmy Magpie.

    Watching the Liverpool game is a real sickener, they were in a worse spot than us, badly out of form, and on the downturn. And now they have just beaten Man U, easily with two young, exciting strikers, and looking on the up.

    We are now badly out of form, with players not signing contracts and bids coming in.

    I said I would give FCB the summer to prove me wrong, but I am very very doubtful of that. There is a severs change in club rhetoric, first we get all the 35m on players, then its in the club, then Pardew doesn’t know how much he will get.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Johnny – agree with you about Liverpool mate. They invested all the Torres money, if anyone thinks we are going to spend 35 million on players, they are deluded. Pardew has already told us that money, if he gets it, has to pay for fees, wages, vat, agent’s fees, in short a couple of reasonable players, if that, plus a couple of free transfers, providing they don’t want big signing on fees, and are prepared a max of 50,000 a week. Some of the postings on these sites today make me wonder what planet some people are living on. It’s all academic anyway if we don’t stay up, and I predict that it is going to be too bloody close for comfort. Nobody really believes that our physically challenged defenders will stand up to Stoke’s onslaught, do they?

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #18

    If we get a huge signing I’m positive they won’t be on 50,000 a week… Look at what Owen was on, Collocini’s on huge pay, bartons way above the 50,000 mark.

  • max

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #19

    no way..

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Snubs _ in that case 1 signing. £60,000 per week on 4 year deal is £12 million, plus fee of at least £15mill, plus vat, plus insurance and agent’s fees equals money spent. Some who come on here need to gat back in the real world. What crap is Pardew talking today about losing players like Ireland to injury. He’s never had the bugger, so how can you lose him?

  • Thump

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #21

    jimmymagpie // Mar 6, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Snubs _ in that case 1 signing. £60,000 per week on 4 year deal is £12 million, plus fee of at least £15mill, plus vat, plus insurance and agent’s fees equals money spent. Some who come on here need to gat back in the real world.

    Finally somebody else who understands transfers!

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #22

    But we could say the same for Barton, Collocini, Ben Arfa, Tiote and half of the squad :S If we’re going to offload people like Xisco, Perch bla bla all the rest I’m pretty positive we’ll have enough for £60,000 per week. Very much of you undermine how much Newcastle actually get through revenue, just 2 years ago we were 20th richest club through revenue and I am positive we will be in this position for next year too.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Snubs – Ashley has already stated that he is not going to give salaries of £60,000 +. If anybody thinks that we are going to easily beat the Wolves side that I have just watched, then they are in for a huge reality check. I love the kid Jarvis, a million times better than Gutierrez, a winger who can actually cross the ball.

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    You’re too pessimistic jimmymagpie, you may counter and say you’re realistic but hey, opinions. I didn’t say anything about going over £60,000 I talked about going over £50,000. If a proven player comes along and asks for personal terms of £60,000 I am sure Ashley will pay up, or Pardew will convince him.

    Jarvis is good but has a long contract to his name. People slate Gutierrez when he’s playing on the left, his weak foot, Jarvis would offer similar crosses if he was played on his weak foot, a million times better than Gutierrez is a huge exaggeration, I would say Guti is better.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 6, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #25

    How long till Newcastle just packs the bags and moves to the Ivory Coast to save on scouting costs?


    Mar 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Ha Ha, like he’ll come here?!!! Ashley would never pay his wages and this player has ambition, but the club does not.


    Mar 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    jimmymagpie, good posts mate.
    Snubs – One guess where all the revenue goes pal???!!! I’ll help with the start of his Surname for you…Ash***!!!

  • youngtoonfan

    Mar 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Larsson (Use him as a sub)
    Taiwo (If Enrique leaves)


    Gervinho……………………….Ben Arfa

  • youngtoonfan

    Mar 6, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Larsson and Taiwo both potentially free transfers 😀

  • chuck

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Sure we would like Kalou and would we like Sturridge also, you bet !
    But we have to face a certain reality, they are part of Chelseas present s quad and future and who said they were for sale ?
    Fact is we have to go looking outside the EPL, in leagues where players are not quite so expensive.
    We could pick up decent players for a lot less than those in the PL, Why ?
    There`s more money here and many would want to come, just for exposure, hoping to be picked up by a Chelsea or Man Citeh.
    Even if they dont make headway, they stiil get paid more than in most leagues.
    Take our guy Enrique, had no problem coming here, was even willing to play in the second tier,
    why ? cause where else would he get that kinda dosh.
    Now apparently his agent has turned his head, or he`s tired of the club and believes he`s being chased by bigger clubs and would like a change.
    Well truth is he`s not as good as he thinks he is and perhaps he would do well to sign an extended contract, or end up like N`Zogbia in the shit.
    It`s a revolving door, we bring in prospects from outside the EPL develope them and sell them on for a profit.
    Thats the basis for any retail business and is our owner not a good retailer ?
    Will we ever be a top side again within this system, maybe, but never a side competing continually as say the present top four or five.
    That takes money !


    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Am i supposed to take this post seriously!

    We could never pay him what he,s being paid at Jet Ski!!


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