Newcastle Are After Top Chelsea Striker

News today in talkSPORT that Newcastle are after Chelsea striker Saloman Kalou.

Salomon Kalou – top Chelsea striker

The Ivory Coast International is now a free agent, and Chelsea have released him and apparently will not be offering the striker a new deal, and there’s news the striker has become disillusioned  at the London club, with not playing enough over the last couple of seasons.

There’s no doubt that Kalou is a first rate striker, but we wonder if Newcastle can afford the player’s wages?   Newcastle are always after a good deal, and are always well aware of those top players whose contracts are running out.

But we never thought Newcastle would be in the bidding for Kalou, simply because other clubs could offer him higher wages and we would have thought that  Salomon would want to play in the European Champions League.

After all, he’s just won the whole thing playing for Chelsea in May, and he’s played in the Champions League at Chelsea, since he joined them from Dutch club Feyenoord, for £9M back in 2006.

Salomon joined Chelsea when he was a 20 year-old and he’s still only 26, and Roberto de Mateo seemed to resurrect his career when he took over as Chelsea boss in early March of this year, and we’re surprised Chelsea haven’t offered the lad a new deal, but he may still get one if Roberto gets the Chelsea manager job.

German club  Schalke have already offered the winger/striker a very good deal and European Champions League football, and other clubs interested in the 48 times capped Ivorian are Arsenal, Liverpool and Turkish club Galatasaray.

Salomon has had a good career at Chelsea,  and he has appeared for them 240 times and scored 60 goals and has 40 assists, and that’s a very good record at a top club.

There are two things that we think put Newcastle at a disadvantage for Kalou, one is we are not in the Champions League and the second is that his wages are probably too high for Newcastle.

But there’s no doubt he’s a very good player and can play up front or out on the wing, and could do a job for Newcastle.

But we’d be very surprised if Newcastle can pull this one off, with the odds seemingly stacked against the Tyneside club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Another African striker?

    No thanks.


  • martoon

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d take this story with a pinch of salt – we’ll never pay his wages – end of.

  • 9

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    No chance. Nil. Zip.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Leaving wages aside, i would still not have him. high time stop buying rejects

  • Mark29Hungary

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Kalou is a bit arrogant for me. I think he want to play in the Champions Leuge in – as douglas said – a “bigger” club.

    He’s a good player, but he’s expensive (wages) and as Ollieh said hes’s just another african.

    I don’t think he will coming…


    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    no more African players please

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    this is a no go in my opinion , just paper talk .. i doubt we would target high maintenance players like kalou ..

  • jamesnufc86

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Kalou is absolutely hopeless , I wouldnt want him anywhere near our squad. Seriously think hes pants

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Hardly call him a top striker. When I saw that title, that should apply to Drogba, Sturridge or Torres, hardly Kalou.

    Occasional moments of brilliance, but always in 3 minds what to do with the ball and usualy takes the wrong option. Plus high wages, AC etc

  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Ben3arfa@7……Barton, Ranger….Caroll *facepalm*

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #11

    How is 60 goals in 240 games a good record, that’s Shola’s strike rate!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Hopefully we’re working behind the scenes to sign our targets.

    As soon as we start negotiating we have non-disclosure agreements in place. So anything in the press is unlikely to be true.

  • Aussiedave

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #13

    This is a definite yes for me, this lad is a solid PL player with loads of experience who is still quite young.
    the 2 points of concern raised are his wages and 60 goals in 240 games.
    Well I ask you consider this, in relation to his goals ratio im sure a huge % of his 240 matches were as a substitute, I would be interest to see his goals per min on pitch.
    Secondly his wages, now this is basic good business, we offer him a 3 yr 70k a week wage total cost approx 11m over the contract.
    This is compared to what a replacement would cost, approx 5-7m in transfer fee, and approx 40k a week over a 4 yr deal.
    Over the same 3 yr period the player would cost 11-13m depending on tranfer fee. Effectively both options will cost the same.
    The upside is that everyone knows how Kalou can play in the PL, therefore we are guaranteed a nice transfer if he leaves that will cover the wages he has been paid.
    If we buy a 5-7m striker and he is shite (Xisco) than it will cost way more.
    Sign him up, he can also play multiple positions, ACON only draw back for me.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14

    He is the type of player we used to sign; overated and over priced.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Aussiedave we will never pay him 70k a week because that will create unrest among our players and opens the door for them and any prospective signing to ask for that kind of wage.
    Plus we currently have ba Jonas and marveaux pushing for lw. We don’t need kalou as an expensive bench warmer

  • ashwin say's

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    tonight euro watch for chec’s own messi
    a wonderkid ,hope we buy him

  • Aussiedave

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #17

    i guess im hoping he might be really keen to prove a point and show the level he can achieve when he plays regularly, this is dependent on his attitude, which Im sure AP could determine very quickly in a meeting with the player, if AP is happy than I would be keen to see Kalou at SJP

  • Owldman

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Wouldnt want him personaly but this problem with high wages! some of these high earners will soon learn that when no one comes to sign them & the big wages disappear then £40- £45 thousand a week might not sound too bad after all

  • Aussiedave

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Graeme fair point, how about 50k plus incentive bonuses goals, assists, performances?

  • Aussiedave

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #20

    sorry Graham.

    Players on frees are relatively risk free

  • ashwin say's

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #21

    have a look
    a wonder in making Vaclar-Pilar(chech messi)

  • Aussiedave

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #22

    on a different note does anyone know the rules about foreign players , surely we must be struggling to field players who qualify as british.
    our 1st eleven next yr could look like
    Debeuchy, Colo, (Foreign CD most likely to arrive) Santon
    Cabaye, Tiote, Marveaux (Amalafitano)
    Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

    Not many british lads there?

    Any thoughts lads?
    please excuse the spelling of players names

  • Aussiedave

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed could you please do an article on my previous post, Im very keen to understand the rule on foreign player numbers and our current position.

  • Mark29Hungary

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #24


    It’s better. (Ok, just a little bit) 🙂

    Clyne, S. Taylor, Colo, Santon
    Cabaye__ Tioté,__Marveaux
    _______Ben Arfa

    Subs: Ameobi, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Amalfitano, Jonas

  • Mark29Hungary

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #25


    I forgot PERCH!!! 🙂

  • Belly

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #26

    Won’t happen.

  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #27

    @ aussiedave Krul ain’t brittish he’s dutch…
    I think you meant that he came through the NUFC ranks

  • Aussiedave

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #28

    Sambo im aware Krul is Dutch, I meant he qualifies as a british player

  • Magpie_Man

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Please no, hes an awful player and wages would be so high.

    And Mark, im sorry but Rhodes isnt that good too. Maybe for teams like West Ham and Norwhich but a EL team, nahh

  • geordiejamie89

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #30

    This is a difficult one for me. I do think his wages exceed his talent, however he is free. To sign a player of equivalent ability we would probably have to pay at least a few million in transfer fees, so this could in fact be a good deal. He is talented, and the 60 goals in 240 games, doesn’t sound brilliant, but he doesn’t spend that much time at Chelsea playing 90 minutes. I’d imagine he could play well out on the left as part of the 4-3-3, as Demba Ba has been slightly poor since moving across there.


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