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4 teams who could sign Olivier Giroud this summer

The France international has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.

FOOTBALL 20/06/17 13:10
4 teams who could sign Olivier Giroud this summer

The future of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is up in the air after the France international suggested he is unwilling to sit on the bench next season.

Giroud endured a frustrating campaign at the Emirates, often playing understudy to Alexis Sanchez and attracting criticism from fans when he did play.

With the prospect of a World Cup just around the corner, Giroud has hinted at a move away in order to secure a spot in the national team. Here, we take a look at some possible destinations.

West Ham

Olivier Giroud scored against West Ham last season (John Walton/EMPICS)
Olivier Giroud scored against West Ham last season (John Walton/EMPICS)

Giroud has already suggested he would prefer to stay in the Premier League and West Ham are known to be chasing someone to lead the line. They have been linked with a succession of strikers but Giroud is a proven goalscorer in the top-flight and staying in London is likely to appeal to the Frenchman, who has been at Arsenal since 2012.

Marseille

Marseille are reported to have made Giroud their primary target this summer, with a fee of around £20million mooted to try and lure the striker back to France. They have previously signalled their intent with the signing of Dimitri Payet and have the money to tempt Giroud away.

Monaco

A move back to France could be on the cards for Giroud (John Walton/EMPICS)
A move back to France could be on the cards for Giroud (John Walton/EMPICS)

On the face of it, it’s an unlikely transfer. Monaco play a high-energy, attacking game and there may not be room for Giroud to fit in as a first-choice striker, particularly with Radamel Falcao already doing a similar job leading the line. However, Arsenal have been linked with a world-record move for Kylian Mbappe and Giroud could be offered in exchange for the teenager.

Newcastle

Olivier Giroud has a fine record against Newcastle (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Olivier Giroud has a fine record against Newcastle (Jonathan Brady/PA)

There have been no obvious links between Giroud and Newcastle but it would make sense if Rafael Benitez was to enter the market for him. The Magpies have a long tradition of goal-scoring number nines and Giroud would follow neatly in the footsteps of Alan Shearer and Andy Carroll. Newcastle are in need of a proven scorer while Giroud could be a fans’ favourite on Tyneside, in stark contrast to his relationship with the Arsenal supporters.

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