By Danny Wright
Everton are planning to switch their attention from Olivier Giroud to his Arsenal team-mate Danny Welbeck if they cannot force through a deal for the Frenchman, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Ronald Koeman is eager to sign Giroud, 30, but the target man is looking to fight to keep his place at the Emirates.
It is understood that Welbeck, 26, will become Everton’s main striker target as Koeman looks for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left for Manchester United for £75million last month.
The report says that despite Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney being signed up by the Toffees, the Merseyside club are still in pursuit of a striker that possesses pace and can act as a target man.
Arsenal are said to value Welbeck at £30million, even though they only signed him for £16million from Manchester United in 2014.
The 34-times England international has been in and out of Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans over that time, where he has earned 69 appearances across all competitions, scoring 17 goals and supplying 12 assists in the process.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton’s main target should still be Giroud, as the French international has been a lot more prolific in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons. The £30million price-tag for Welbeck would be a huge amount to spend on a striker who hasn’t been in the best of form over recent years and is known to struggle with injuries. The only reason he costs so much is that he hopefully still has his best years ahead of him and because he is English. Everton have plenty of English players so that is something that they do not need to worry about adding to their squad. Although Koeman could only get a couple of good years out of Giroud, the former Montpellier man could probably still be more effective in that short period of time than Welbeck could in the next five years.