West Ham are reportedly set to reignite their interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
The Hammers have been long-term admirers of the Frenchman but January could finally be the time he moves to East London.
According to The Mirror, West Ham are considering making a move for Giroud in the January transfer window.
Manuel Pellegrini is weighing up his options and could try to bolster his attack in the new year.
This news comes shortly after it emerged that Edin Dzeko could be a West Ham target. According to Calcio Mercato, via Football-Italia, Pellegrini might try to sign the Roma forward.
But The Mirror believes Giroud could move across from West London this January.
The 32-year-old has been in England since moving to Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012. He arrived after helping Montpellier to an unlikely title win in France.
And Giroud’s time in England has been quite successful. He has scored 76 Premier League goals in exactly 200 appearances for Arsenal and Chelsea.
His total tally in England is 110, having scored plenty in the cup competitions. And the 84-cap France international has also netted 32 goals for his country.
Giroud’s illustrious career boasts four FA Cup wins (three at Arsenal and one at Chelsea), as well as the World Cup title this summer.
What could he offer West Ham?
Giroud stands at 6ft 4in tall and is dominant in the air. His physical presence makes him a nuisance to mark for defenders and he uses his strength to great effect.
Andy Carroll is West Ham’s target man option at the moment. But the 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.
West Ham may be reluctant to extend their ties with Carroll given his injury record so Giroud could replace him as the physical option up top.
And Giroud’s ability with the ball at his feet is superior to Carroll’s.
The French striker has an impressive left foot and he has been known to score some spectacular goals with it.
As an alternative to Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, Giroud would be a superb short-term option for West Ham.