According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham want to sign Chelsea hitman Olivier Giroud in January.

The 95-capped France international joined the Blues from Arsenal in January 2018 for a fee believed to be worth £18 million.

He has struggled for regular game-time at Stamford Bridge, however, and this season he sees himself third in the pecking order behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.

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So a move away from west London in January seems to be on the cards.

Football Insider claims West Ham are interested in securing his signature.

They do go on to suggest that a loan move might be more likely, however, and that his wages could prove to be a major hurdle to any kind of deal.

 

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The Hammers are incredibly light up front. Manuel Pellegrini chose to sell Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez in the summer. He also released Any Carroll and loaned out Jordan Hugill.

West Ham signed just two strikers in place of the five that they let go – Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti.

So signing someone of Giroud’s calibre really would be a massive coup for the east London outfit.

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The Frenchman is arguably the best in the business at playing with his back to goal. And Haller could learn a great deal from the former Arsenal man.

It is clear to see that West Ham need more firepower in the final third. And if they are to challenge for the top seven this season, signing someone like Giroud in January will be of paramount importance.

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