DONE DEAL: Kalou moves to Hertha Berlin
Cote d’Ivoire international Salomon Kalou has signed for Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
The forward joined French side LOSC Lille in the summer of 2012, but has made little secret of his desire to leave the club in recent times. The Dogues’ failure to qualify for the Champions League—they were dumped out by FC Porto—has all but confirmed the end of the striker’s career in Northern France.
Despite reported interest from Premier League sides such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Kalou has opted for the Bundesliga, joining capital side Hertha Berlin.
As reported by BBC Sport, the capital club’s general manager Michael Preetz has been quick to praise his side’s new recruit.
“Kalou is a top striker,” he began.
“He has proved his class in the Premier League, Champions League and with his national team. We’re very happy to have him with us.”
Indeed, to date, Kalou has played 67 times for the Elephants, scoring 23 goals. He won the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup (three times) for Chelsea.
At Lille he bagged 30 goals in 67 league matches.