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Lille Refuse To Rule Out Kalou Move

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Sunderland have been offered encouragement as they seek to fill that annoying Fabio Borini-shaped hole in the squad.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

A late-window move for Sunderland target Salomon Kalou is 'possible' according to his current club Lille.

The Black Cats have been linked with the former Chelsea man as a possible alternative to long-standing top target Fabio Borini, with Gus Poyet all but confirming interest in the player following the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Speaking to the French press, Lille manager René Girard has fuelled the story further by suggesting their is a good chance that Kalou will leave this week. He said:

It's 50-50. He is still here and at no time has he raised the issue [of leaving]. But until September 1st, it's always possible.

If the Côte d’Ivoire international does leave, he doesn't appear to be short on suitors. As well as Sunderland, a plethora of clubs including West Ham United and Wolfsburg have been reported to be interested in taking Kalou, while L'Equipe has thrown Borussia Mönchengladbach's name into the fray too. However, the player himself is said to favour a return to England.

Regardless of the various reports out there, you do kind of get the sense that Sunderland's transfer business is somewhat hanging in the air right now. Everything seems to be depending a little on how the Borini deal is resolved, with Poyet apparently unwilling to rule it out and unable to solidify loan targets whilst it's ongoing.

Whatever happens, though, I suspect we are in for a very active final week of the transfer window.