Olivier Giroud will be desperate to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window after being dropped to third-chioce striker by Frank Lampard – and Newcastle United have got to offer him an escape route to help Joelinton.
The Sun have claimed that 33-year-old striker Giroud is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, with Lampard preferrring Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi to the French target man. His contract is set to expire in the summer.
The report claims that Giroud can go for a bargain fee in the January window, and Crystal Palace are interested in landing the former Arsenal and Montpellier striker. It is believed Chelsea value the forward at just £3million.
At such a bargain price, Newcastle have simply got to go for a player who has scored 78 goals in England’s top flight – which has taken him 223 games to reach that total, only 133 of which were from the start.
The Toon have scored the least amount of goals in the division this season, finding the back of the net just five times in nine league games. Joelinton has netted once, in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
The club-record signing is struggling to adapt to British football, but also to find the back of the net in a side that fail to create chances. Indeed, Newcastle need a proven Premier League goalscorer to show Joelinton how it is done.
Andy Carroll is just that, but he is struggling to play more than 30 minutes at a time as he continues to tip toe his way back to full fitness. Dwight Gayle is likely to leave Tyneside in January or next summer.
Newcastle, then, have got to rival Palace for £3m-rated Giroud, to show Joelinton how to score regularly in the Premier League.