Lille rejects Arsenal loan bid for Salomon Kalou

Salomon Kalou will not be on his way to Arsenal after Lille rejected a loan bid for the striker, according to reports in France.

The Gunners are keen to bolster their squad before tonight’s 11pm deadline, having missed out on several transfer targets this month.

And it appears former Chelsea man Kalou is the latest to be eyed by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but the 28-year-old’s current club Lille are not willing to let him go on loan, according to RMC Sport.

It is understood, however, Lille would have been willing to sell, with Kalou among the club’s top earners.

Kalou joined the Ligue 1 side in the summer of 2012, fresh off the back of his Champions League success with Chelsea, ending his six-year association with the Blues.

The Ivory Coast international has since been linked with a return to the Premier League on several occasions, with moves to both Arsenal and West Brom mooted.

But it seems Wenger will have to look elsewhere – and quickly – if he is to bring a new centre-forward to the Emirates before tonight’s cut-off.