West Ham plot big wage package to lure forward from London rivals as talks begin - report
By Danny Wright
West Ham are planning to offer Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud a big wage package, according to a report.
Goal reports that the Hammers have valued the 30-year-old at £20million and are prepared to offer him a stunning four-year deal worth £100,000-a-week in a bid to lure him away from their London rivals.
It is understood talks have already taken place between West Ham and Giroud’s representatives as he could be facing the exit at the Emirates with Arsene Wenger plotting to bring in a marquee signing before the start of next season.
The 63-times France international scored 16 goals and supplied seven assists in 40 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal this season as they missed out on qualification for the Champions League.
He moved to the Emirates from Montpellier in 2012 but has found himself suffering from inconsistent form, despite winning three FA Cup titles.
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Goal reports that Giroud is eager to stay in London and would prefer not to switch clubs on any kind of short-term basis.
It is thought that the Hammers will continue to pursue more attacking options, even if they manage to snap up the Gunners star.
Football Insider Verdict
Giroud would be an amazing addition to Slaven Bilic’s set up for next season. The Hammers are crying out for a striker to lead their attack and the Frenchman could prove to be the talismanic figure that they need. His record at Arsenal is very good when you consider that he is often on the receiving end of criticism from supporters. Giroud’s arrival could spell the end of Andy Carroll’s time at West Ham though, as they two strikers have very similar styles of play. It’s best for Bilic to keep his striking options different and two men that are good in the air simply wouldn’t work, unless he is expecting one of them to spend a lot of time out injury – which is very likely when you look at their histories.
In other West Ham news, the Irons will battle it out with Everton and Newcastle for this £8million-rated Championship player.