West Ham United have been given a big boost in their hopes of finally landing striker Olivier Giroud.
The Hammers wanted to sign the Chelsea forward last summer and again in January (Daily Mail).
But Manuel Pellegrini ended up keeping the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez as moves to China and Valencia failed to materialise.
This summer all four of the Chilean’s current senior strikers look likely to leave West Ham.
All change up front for West Ham this summer
Arnautovic could be sold if the China interest is reignited while Hernandez and Lucas Perez continue to be linked with Valencia and Real Betis respectively.
Most tellingly, though, Andy Carroll is out of contract and will be released after failing to prove his fitness to Pellegrini.
That leaves a big hole in West Ham’s armoury. And 32-year-old Giroud has long been seen as the perfect man to fill it.
The World Cup winner has been a bit part player under Mauricio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
‘I’m not scared to leave and drop down a level’
And he has admitted for the first time that he is sick of only being selected for Europa League matches, hinting he wants to leave this summer (RTL).
“Today, I feel like there is no competition since January. It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.
“The future could be lively this summer. I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time.”
Crucially when Giroud left Arsenal a big factor in opting for Chelsea was to stay in London.
Giroud the perfect replacement for Carroll
If that remains important to the 6ft4in star then West Ham could emerge as serious candidates for his signature.
He would be the ideal replacement for Carroll and has an infinitely better fitness record.
Even at 32 West Ham could get at least two good seasons out of the striker.
His all round game would help bring the plethora of playmakers at Pellegrini’s disposal into play.
And most importantly his signing would not break the bank. As a result West Ham would still be able to use their transfer budget to bring in another top quality striker or two.