By Abigail Withey
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is set to try and sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to a report.
The Sunday Mirror has revealed that Koeman is preparing to push a huge £40million deal for the 30-year-old in the next transfer window.
The newspaper claims that the French international is keen on a move to the Merseyside club because of his lack of playing time with the Gunners.
It is thought that the Toffees’ second attempt at securing Giroud is down to the goal scoring void in the club which Romelu Lukaku left when he moved to Manchester United over the summer.
Everton previously tried to secure the Frenchman in the recent window but Arsene Wenger reportedly blocked a move as the club looked at risk of losing fellow goalscorer Alexis Sanchez.
So far this season the Arsenal forward has featured in all eight matches across all competitions, but is yet to start a match for the Gunners in the Premier League.
Giroud is a proven performer in the Premier League, scoring 70 times in 169 games in the competition with a lot of his appearances coming from the bench.
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There seems to have been a very apparent gap in the Everton squad so far this season, and it is clear that Koeman is in need of a striker. After losing Lukaku to Manchester United over the summer, the club haven’t quite recovered despite recruiting Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney. Securing a centre-forward must be Koeman’s priority in January. He must have other options in line as Wenger has been known to be stubborn over signings and letting players go, which was seen most recently over the summer with Sanchez. Although Giroud would be a good addition for the club, it may be difficult to entice him to Goodison Park with their current set of results.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have also made an approach for this Champions League goalscorer.