Football Insider claimed yesterday that the door has opened for West Ham to sign Chelsea hitman Olivier Giroud, with Inter Milan’s reported move for the Frenchman allegedly stalling.
Inter director Piero Ausilio appeared to contradict that report, however, by suggesting that the Serie A giants still want the 33-year-old, if they can shift one of their own forwards, as quoted by Football-Italia.net:
“Olivier Giroud is a possibility, if we sell one of our forwards on the transfer market.”
And that certainly adds an interesting twist to the plot.
Inter Milan hitman Gabriel Barbosa is a rumoured target for West Ham this month. FC Inter news claims that the Hammers are keen on signing the Brazilian hitman, 23.
As yet, however, the east London club appear to be nowhere near signing the talented striker.
90 Min has claimed today that Flamengo are pushing for a deal to sign the South American, amidst interest from Tottenham and Chelsea. So it is looking likely that West Ham will miss out on Gabigol.
And if Inter do sell Barbosa to Flamengo, Chelsea or Spurs, they would then surely move for Giroud, if what club director Piero Ausilio says is true.
Disappointment in the market for the Hammers
And that would be an absolute disaster for West Ham. They would miss out on two of their reported transfer targets in one fell swoop.
Giroud or Gabigol would be very useful additions for the Hammers. But it seems as though the stars are aligning for them to miss out on both players.
The east Londoners would then be right back to square one. And with just 11 days remaining before the transfer window slams shut, it seems like a very real possibility that there will be no new strikers arriving at the London Stadium this month.