Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly still hopeful of signing Olivier Giroud at the end of the season, with the Chelsea man’s contract expiring in the summer as things stand, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Spurs were heavily linked with Giroud during the January transfer window, with Jose Mourinho’s side losing the services of Harry Kane to injury at the start of the year and the Blues man struggling for game time as a whole this term.
Nothing came of it in the end, but Giroud confirmed to French outlet Telefoot in February that he had held talks with Tottenham, only for Chelsea to block his move across London.
Corriere dello Sport claims that the former Arsenal ace is open to the idea of extending his decade-long stay in London, despite being on the radar of Serie A sides Inter Milan and Lazio, and Spurs are still interested.
Prior to the hiatus in Premier League proceedings, Tottenham were struggling amid an injury crisis up front that also saw Son Heung-min sidelined long-term and left Spurs without a recognised striker.
Giroud is undoubtedly a talented forward, with Eden Hazard once describing him to Sky Sports as “a targetman, maybe the best in the world. I think so. When he gets the ball, he can hold it and we can go with him. For us, he’s a player to play with.”
The 33-year-old’s £110,000-a-week (Spotrac) contract is up at the end of the season, but it’s also worth remembering that his relationship with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has improved as the year has gone on, and has forced his way back into the starting XI.
Also, how much game time is Giroud likely to get at Spurs once Kane and Son return to fitness?