Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all appear to have been handed a major boost in their hopes to sign Salomon Kalou.

According to the Daily Star, the 28-year-old - who made his name in England during a six-year stint with Chelsea - has informed the Gunners that he wants to return to the Premier League.

The Ivory Coast international currently represents Ligue 1 title chasers Lille but has a buyout clause of just £2.5 million in his current contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Arsenal's need for a new striker is crystal clear for all to see, with both Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner currently out of action with respective ankle injuries.

German Lukas Podolski and the inexperienced figure of Yaya Sanogo are the only credible froward options currently available to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, with the former only recently having returned from a serious hamstring problem.