By Danny Wright
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he came close to signing for Everton in the summer transfer window.
Giroud, 31, was widely linked with a move to Goodison Park all summer as Ronald Koeman searched for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku after he joined Manchester United.
The France international has fell down the pecking order at the Emirates after Arsene Wenger broke the Gunners’ transfer record to bring in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
Giroud is yet to earn a start in the Premier League this term and has suggested that a move for him may be possible in the future – but perhaps not to Everton.
“I had the opportunity to leave. I was very close to another English club – Everton – but I think I made the best choice,” Giroud told French TV channel Canal, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years. I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time. I didn’t want to return to France.
“I’m happy in England, it’s nothing against those clubs. But a return to France is possible one day.”
Giroud has proven himself to be a reliable source of goals in the Premier League in his five years on the books at Arsenal.
The ex-Montpellier ace has scored 70 times in 171 matches in the English top-flight, with a lot of them appearances coming off the bench.
This season, Everton have struggled to find goals this season since Lukaku’s summer exit.
Summer signing Sandro Ramirez is yet to score his first goal for the Toffees while outcast Oumar Niasse has proven himself to be in unlikely contention to lead the attack for the next couple of months with his recent exploits.