Last Updated: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:49
Salomon Kalou has stunned West Ham and West Brom officials by saying he wants to stay in France with Lille.
The Ivory Coast international, who spent six years at Chelsea before moving to Ligue 1 last summer, has been strongly linked with the Premier League duo in recent weeks.
But Kalou says he is happy at Lille and is not looking for a return to the Premier League.
"[Lille manager] Rene Girard is a coach who can help me progress," he told Voix du Nord.
"Under these conditions, I do not see why I should go for something elsewhere."
Lille are thought to be willing to let Kalou go for £2.5million as they want to reduce their wage bill after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season.
Kalou earns £40,000-a-week and is not keen to take a wage cut to return to England, which he would almost certainly have had to do at The Hawthorns.
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