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.