By Dominic Toner
Marseille are interested in signing Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, according to a report.
Goal France claim that the 30-year-old is on a shortlist of strikers that the French club are looking at ahead of the summer transfer window.
The report details that the Ligue 1 side are preparing to invest in a new attacker and have also identified Atletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro as an option.
Marseille already have a number of players in their ranks who have featured in the Premier League before, including ex-West Ham ace Dimitri Payet.
Giroud could be the latest player targeted from England’s top-flight and he may be offered a return to his homeland France.
The Frenchman has struggled to cement his position in the starting line-up this season for Arsenal and been restricted to mostly cameo appearances.
He has still managed 11 goals in 24 games this season, despite competing the full 90 minutes on just six occasions.
Giroud has been a consistent goalscorer since his arrival in 2012 from Montpellier, netting 93 goals in 211 appearances for the north London club.
Football Insider verdict:
Arsenal should keep hold of Giroud beyond the summer as he is still a useful player to have in the squad. The striker has a decent strike rate this season and is usually consistent in front of goal. He doesn’t have the natural style to match Arsene Wenger’s philosophy and could benefit from a change of management in the summer. Wenger’s position at the Emirates Stadium is still unclear, but Giroud would certainly thrive under a change of boss. He is still an important member of his national side and can contribute to the Gunners. Giroud scored a remarkable scorpion kick this season against Crystal Palace, highlighting the individual skill he is capable of.
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