Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is reportedly set to headline West Ham United’s shopping spree in the January transfer window.
If an exclusive report by The Sun is to be believed, Olivier Giroud could be set to bring an end to his time at Chelsea in the January transfer window. West Ham United are set to spend big sums in the winter after appointing David Moyes as the new manager, with the French striker being their top target.
Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018, after spending over half-a-decade at the north London club. While he was often the first-choice during his spell with the Gunners, the Frenchman has never quite managed to be a regular at Stamford Bridge.
Over the last couple of years, Giroud has played second fiddle to the likes of Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain and Tammy Abraham, with even Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking order alongside Abraham. As a result, a move away from Chelsea has been mooted for quite some time now, and West Ham United are looking to pounce on the situation.
David Moyes is set to begin his second stint in-charge of West Ham United after the London club sacked Manuel Pellegrini this past weekend. Set to begin the job of taking the Hammers away from the relegation zone, the Scottish manager is primed to be heavily backed in the transfer market, with a striker being high on his wishlist.
West Ham smashed their transfer record to sign Sebastien Haller in the summer, but have seen the Frenchman floundering in the last couple of months. Albian Ajeti is the only other striker at Moyes’s disposal, with the 22-year-old failing to make any sort of impact for the Hammers. As a result, making a move for Chelsea outcast Giroud makes sense.
Giroud has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in the Premier League and has done the job for both Arsenal and Chelsea whenever he has been called upon. To that end, the Frenchman could be a fine short-term addition for West Ham.
Giroud has just six months left on his Chelsea contract, having signed a one-year extension at the club earlier this year, meaning he is unlikely to command a lot of money. All things considered, Giroud makes for an appealing target, and it remains to be seen if West Ham can sign him in the January transfer window, with the player eager to secure first-team football ahead of Euro 2020.