West Ham United are supposedly interested in signing Olivier Giroud.
According to The Daily Mail, Manuel Pellegrini and the powers that be are contemplating moving for the World Cup winner in the next 24 hours, with Marko Arnautovic having left Molineux on crutches on Tuesday.
Giroud has spent most of the 2018/19 season on the bench at Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri preferring to use Eden Hazard or Alvaro Morata in attack.
The Blues have just secured the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, who has previously worked with Sarri at Napoli, meaning Giroud’s playing opportunties look even slimmer.
Giroud has been linked with a move to China, but the London-based Hammers could be a temptation for the ex-Arsenal striker.
Giroud in, Carroll out?
Should West Ham bring Carroll in, then it could mean fringe player Andy Carroll leaves the club on Thursday.
Giroud would essentially be an upgrade on the Englishman – the pair have similar play styles and there would be little need for Pellegrini to have both.
Interestingly Carroll recently put his house up for sale (The Sun), fuelling rumours that he could be set to leave the club this window.
This came after he was linked with a £2 million move to Tottenham Hotspur (The Daily Mail).
One would have thought that a successful move for Giroud would push him nearer to the exit.
That said though, the Hammers could be about to sanction Lucas Perez’s loan exit (BBC Sport).