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West Ham lining up shock January move for Chelsea star Olivier Giroud

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West Ham United are reportedly considering making a bid for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini sought to bolster the Hammers’ front line in the summer with the acquisitions of Andrey Yarmalenko and Filipe Anderson but, if the report by The Mirror is correct, he is seeking further reinforcements.

Giroud moved to Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal back in January for £18 million and has scored 5 goals in 26 appearances for them. He also played a central role for France as they won the World Cup in Russia in the summer.

While Giroud initially struggled to nail down a starting place in Chelsea’s side, he has played more regularly this season as a foil to the in-form Eden Hazard.

However, the 32-year-old has less than a year left on his deal at the Blues, and there has been no word yet if they plan to offer him a new deal. This leaves the door open for a club to come in for him in a potentially cut-price deal.

While Chelsea paid £18 million for Giroud in January, they would be unlikely to get anything near that due to the remaining length of his contract and the fact that a club could sign him for free if they wait until the summer.

West Ham’s interest in Giroud also calls into question Andy Carroll’s future at the club. He is also out of contract at the end of the season and while the Hammers have an option to extend his deal by another two years, they have yet to take that up. Given his injury record in recent years, their reticence to do so thus far is understandable.

If Giroud were to arrive, then in all likelihood Carroll would have to find a new club in the summer.

Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry appointed manager of Monaco

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Struggling Ligue Un side Monaco have appointed former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry as manager. 

Henry, 41, replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked after a run of poor results that has left the side in the bottom three of Ligue Un.

This is jis first managerial job, having been an assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez since 2016.

It is also a homecoming for Henry. He began his playing career at Monaco, making his debut in 1994 before leaving for Juventus in 1999.

Henry, who also played for Barcelona and New York Red Bulls during his career, has been linked with a number of managerial jobs in recent months, including Championship side Aston Villa.

“It seems like fate I will begin my managerial career here,” he said. “I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity but now the hard work must begin.”

Henry is Arsenal’s record goalscorer and also won the World Cup and European Championships with France in 1998 and 2000. Overall, he scored 53 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus.

All the factz on Fulham v Arsenal

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The early kick-off in the Premeir League today is a London debt between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage. The match kicks off at midday. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Fulham don’t have a great record against Arsenal – just 3 wins against them in their past 30 meetings. Arsenal have won 21 of those.
* The Cottagers have yet to keep a clean sheet this season – the only team in the division now after Brighton’s result yesterday.
* Arsenal have won their last 5 PL matches.
* The Gunners have kept two consecutive clean sheets.
* Fulham has the joint leakiest defence in the PL – at the start of the weekend – with 16 goals conceded.

Arsenal, Everton and Barcelona chase Lille star Nicolas Pepe

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Arsenal and Everton, along with Spanish giants Barcelona are all considering making a bid for Lille’s £30-million rated winger Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe, 23, has scored 5 goals in 8 matches this season for Lille, including a hat-trick against Amiens. He scored 13 goals in 36 Ligue Un appearances last season.

Lille turned down a £26 million offer for the Ivory Coast international from Lyon at the end of the last transfer window, and his performances since then should guarantee more interest in him come January.

Everton are believed to have sent scouts to watch Pepe last month, according to The Mirror. Arsenal, Barcelona and Sevilla are also said to be keeping tabs on him – so a bidding war could ensue. However, Arsenal can offer Europa League football and Barcelona Champions League, which could help to sway it their way.

AC Milan line up move for Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas

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Italian side AC Milan are lining up a move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, it has been reported.

Fabregas, 31, has lost his regular starting place in the Chelsea side this season to new signing Jorginho.

The Spaniard is not happy with the situation – he wants more game time – but it appears Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri sees him as back-up.

With Fabregas entering the last year of his current deal at Chelsea, it is thought they want to offer him a new contract. However, the player is said to be looking at his options, including a move in order to get more game time.

Italian news outlet Calciomercato has said that AC Milan are interested in signing Fabregas and, while they could wait until the summer and get him on a free, could move for him in January. While they would have to pay a fee, it wouldn’t be near the former Arsenal player’s market value.

Fabregas is seen as a signing that would strengthen Milan’s centre midfield, although no formal contact has yet been made with him.

Other clubs would likely be interested in signing him, such as former club Arsenal, as well teams in his native Spain.