Everton have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs in the transfer market this summer – and their spending spree could be set to continue with an audacious bid for Olivier Giroud.
According to The Sun, Toffees’ manager Ronald Koeman is pursuing the Arsenal striker, whose game-time was reduced last season as Arsene Wenger favoured deploying Alexis Sanchez in a more advanced role. With the Gunners reportedly closing in on Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud could find himself further down the pecking order at the Emirates.
Any move for Giroud, who has 64 appearances for France to his name, could hinge on the future of Romelu Lukaku, who has been heavily linked with former club Chelsea in this window, as well as Manchester United. With no need for Everton to sell, Lukaku would command a high price and Koeman would want to reinvest that transfer fee into his playing squad.
Giroud has been the subject of speculation from a host of clubs including West Ham United and Marseille, who are banking on Arsenal looking to sell should they be successful in their chase of Lacazette. As often happens, there is a domino effect once one transfer is completed.[interaction id=”595a0dbcf2d4938713c38659"]
Giroud may be in a category below world-class, but he undoubtedly possesses attributes that any Premier League club would welcome. The 30-year-old is a consistent, if not prolific, goalscorer who has netted 98 times for Arsenal in all competitions, since joining from Montpellier in 2012.
What he lacks in pace he makes up for with positional awareness and a clinical touch in front of goal. With an aerial presence, Giroud offers something different and has increasingly been used as a ‘Plan B’ by Wenger when a goal has been required. More often that not, the Frenchman has come up trumps. Who could forget his famous scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day?