By Paul Robinson

23rd Nov, 2020 | 11:55am

Pundit Exclusive: Everton told to sign France star in January after big Athletic reveal

Everton should consider a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January, according to Paul Robinson.

The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 34-year-old would be an “ideal signing” to provide cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Speaking to Telefoot yesterday, Giroud admitted that he was “concerned” about his lack of game time at Stamford Bridge ahead of the winter transfer window.

The Athletic revealed today that Chelsea will allow the France international to leave in January as a thank you for his service to the club over the past three years.

Giroud has scored 86 goals in 242 career Premier League appearances, a stat that is made ever the more impressive given 98 of those appearances were as a substitute.

When asked by Football Insider if the former Arsenal striker is a player Carlo Ancelotti should target, Robinson said:

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“Everton could potentially look at signing Olivier Giroud in January, if he is a player Ancelotti likes.

“Calvert-Lewin was again outstanding at the weekend. I was really impressed with him again and I think it is a battle between him and Tammy Abraham for a spot in that England squad next summer’s European Championship.

“Everton could look at Giroud as a backup for Calvert-Lewin because Cenk Tosun has not exactly pulled up any trees.

“They are progressing and developing as a squad and a striker like Giroud would be an ideal signing.”  

In other Everton news, Kevin Phillips gives big thumbs-up to January signing pursuit amid big reveal.