Newcastle have entered the race to sign former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou.

Newcastle ready to move for free agent Kalou

The Ivorian is available on a free transfer after the European champions decided not to offer him a new deal.

Toon boss Alan Pardew is looking to bolster his attacking options after Gabriel Obertan failed to impress following his move from last summer.

Sources close to Kalou have told talkSPORT that, while Newcastle are interested, he is also open to offers from across Europe.

Bundesliga outfit Schalke have offered him a lucrative deal and the prospect of Champions League football next season which could see them steal a march on the Magpies.

The 26-year-old had limited opportunities last season, starting just 16 games, and has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Turkish giants Galatasaray.

By  talkSport