By Michael Brown

27th Nov, 2020 | 1:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: West Ham may sign Chelsea star in Jan amid Athletic update

Michael Brown believes West Ham will be “first in line” to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January and could trump Tottenham to his signature.

The former Spurs and Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested the French striker may not want to leave London after eight-and-a-half years in the English capital with the Blues and Arsenal.

The Athletic report that the 34-year-old is set to push for a move away from Stamford Bridge in January in a bid to increase his game time ahead of next summer’s European Championships.

The report states that Giroud would be open to swapping Chelsea for another Premier League club, with the likes of Spurs, West Ham, Villa and Newcastle all linked with a move over the past year.

However, Brown has suggested that location could play a big part in the striker’s future and that London clubs could trump their rivals in a winter transfer battle.

Brown told Football Insider: “That’s an interesting one, isn’t it? He will want to be in the Premier League but also clubs don’t want to actually give you to another Premier League club, especially someone of his ability.

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“You always wonder why is he not playing, why is he not being used? For someone of his quality, there’s going to be clubs (interested). He might not want to move out of London, a lot of players who come over want to live in London, it’s a real pull for them.

“That could give anyone that ‘first in line’ sort of thing. Would West Ham want him? Yes, is the answer. Does it always stack up?

“No, it becomes about financial, does he play, what position, where does he like to play? I think there will be many clubs in for him.” 

Giroud has started just once in eight appearances across all competitions this season and he has been used as a substitute four times in the Premier League.

He scored his second goal of the campaign on Tuesday with an injury-time winner over Rennes in the Champions League.

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