By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are ready to employ the same tactic that helped lure both Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass to east London for Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, according to an insider.
The self confessed “in the know”, who goes under the name of ‘ExWHUemployee’ has wrote a column for BraceTheHammer, stating the 30-year-old seems to be the forward the Hammers want the most.
He has additionally wrote that West Ham will make the Frenchman their highest paid player alongside matching any offers for him, like they did with both Snodgrass and Fonte in January, who the club successfully signed.
Both experienced players left Premier League rivals Southampton and Hull in the winter for fees totalling £18million.
Snodgrass was in demand due to his form for the struggling Tigers, while Fonte himself had handed in a transfer request to the Saints.
Now, the Gambling Times reported earlier in the month that Arsenal would be willing to let Giroud depart if they receive a “suitable offer” this summer.
The towering goalscorer played 29 times for the Gunners in the Premier League last season, scoring 12 times and he still has two years remaining on his contract at the club.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham certainly need a striker due to the injury record to first choice Andy Carroll and there isn’t much better out there than Giroud available to the Hammers. the forward has proven during his time in England that he has what it takes to score regularly in the Premier League and he could be a very smart signing for West Ham. The tactic that the club are reportedly looking to employ is also the correct one, as they simply must add the Frenchman to their team.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are in pole position to land this centre-back.