Harry Redknapp has told Sky Sports (Transfer Centre, Friday 12:50) that Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud would be a “good signing” for Tottenham Hotspur, but reckons Spurs would have to change their style.
Tottenham have been strongly linked for the 33-year-old, who is said to be keen on leaving Chelsea. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has admitted The Toon made an offer for Giroud, while Inter Milan and Lazio are also said to be interested.
Spurs desperately need a striker with Harry Kane sidelined through a torn hamstring. Spurs have also reportedly considered Islam Slimani, Willian Jose and plenty more this month. Giroud, though, seems to be the most likely.
Chelsea are unlikely to let Giroud go, though, unless they can bring in a replacement with reported talks to sign Napoli’s Dries Mertens ongoing. Former Spurs boss Redknapp reckons Giroud would be a good signing for Jose Mourinho’s side.
“Spurs would be a great move for him. With Harry Kane injured, he would probably go into their team but they would have to chance their style a little bit,” Redknapp said. “You would have to get balls into the box for him to be effective but he’s a World Cup winner. He’d be a good signing for Tottenham.”
TBR’s view – Can Tottenham finally land Giroud?
With the deadline approaching, Spurs are looking less and less likely to complete the signing of the French target man. Unless Chelsea bring in a replacement, with Mertens the most likely, it is believed Giroud will not leave Stamford Bridge.
That is despite Giroud being desperate to leave, with his contract up at the end of the season. Giroud has only played seven times for Chelsea this season, but the injury to Tammy Abraham may have now hindered Spurs’ chances.
It remains to be seen how much Spurs would have to spend, with Chelsea spending £18million (Telegraph) to sign Giroud in January 2018.