France boss Didier Deschamps could push Olivier Giroud into a January move to West Ham United.

Chelsea will sell Giroud if a club matches his £5m asking price, according to The Express.

West Ham have recently been linked with a move for Giroud (Football Insider). The experienced forward has become a peripheral figure at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.

According to Claret & Hugh, West Ham will explore the possibility of signing Giroud in January.

And Manuel Pellegrini certainly needs more options up front.

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West Ham need more striker options

Sebastien Haller has struggled during a terrible run which saw West Ham nosedive from third to the brink of the relegation zone.

He scored in a 1-0 win at Southampton last time out, though.

Flop forward Albian Ajeti will be sold next month according to reports (Claret & Hugh).

And as brilliant as Michail Antonio has been, the forward is injury-prone.

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Deschamps warning could be good news for Hammers

With the Hammers struggling for goals, Giroud could be the answer.

He has a proven track record of scoring in the Premier League and could forge a formidable Gallic striker partnership with countryman Haller.

And West Ham will be encouraged after France boss Deschamps sent a stern warning to the Hammers target that he must leave Chelsea next month if he wants to make his Euro 2020 squad.

“His situation at Chelsea has not changed for two months,” Deschamps told reporters, as reported by The Mirror.

“It would be better for him, obviously, to go to a club where he will have more playing time. If he cannot have this playing time at Chelsea, the idea is to be able to have it elsewhere. It is up to him to decide the solution.

“I don’t know what offers he has, where it might be possible for him to get more playing time.

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London and top wages could be West Ham’s ace card

“We saw each other not so long ago. As with every player, he’s the one who decides. But keep in mind that it’s the daily life of players with their clubs that leads to France selection. He knows it. It’s up to him to decide the best solution for himself.”

The only problem for West Ham is that a host of other clubs, including Inter and AC Milan are also reportedly interested.

The Hammers could hold the ace card, though, as Giroud would remain in London where he is settled.

And having cleared over £700,000 from the wage bill in the summer there is plenty of room for Giroud on the books for a couple of seasons at least.

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