By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are ready to lead the chase for experienced Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, according to a report.
Former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has written for the Gambling Times that the Gunners are willing to let the 30-year-old depart if they receive a “suitable offer” this summer.
This has led to West Ham eyeing the experienced frontman, who is also said to be interesting Premier League duo Everton and West Brom alongside homeland pair Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.
However, the report also details that the 63-time capped France international is keen to remain in London alongside staying in the Premier League, leaving the Hammers as the perfect destination on paper.
The east London club have already been linked with a host of forward players this summer after usual winger Michail Antionio finished as Slaven Bilic’s side’s top scorer in the last campaign with nine goals from 29 Premier League appearances.
Giroud has certainly proven he has what it takes to find the back of the net in England after moving across from Montpellier in the summer of 2012 for a £9.6million fee.
He has scored 69 goals in 164 matches in England’s top-flight, but last season he started just 11 times in his 29 Premier League appearances, scoring on 12 occasions.
Football Insider verdict:
Giroud is certainly the type of striker West Ham should be targeting this window. Many feel that the Frenchman has been hard done by at Arsenal and his omission from the first team is just one of many strange decisions made by Arsene Wenger in recent history. The tall frontman has the ability to score all types of goals, while he can also bring others into play and will prove a brilliant alternative to the long-time injury sufferer Andy Carroll. Therefore, if Giroud is keen to stay in London then West Ham can’t hold back like they did last summer and must do everything possible to get this deal over the line.
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