According to a report from Claret and Hugh, Chelsea hitman Olivier Giroud is now likely to join to West Ham in January on a short-term loan deal.

The 33-year-old with 95 international caps for France to his name joined the Blues from Arsenal in January 2018 for £18 million (BBC Sport), but he has struggled for regular game-time at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud has scored 19 goals in 67 appearances for Chelsea. The vast majority of those outings have been substitute appearances, however.

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The experienced target man is one of the very best around when playing with his back to goal. And he would undoubtedly be a truly excellent addition for West Ham.

Claret and Hugh claims that it is now very likely that Giroud will join the Hammers in January.

They suggest that the France international would move to the London Stadium on a short-term loan deal, similar to the move that his fellow countryman Samir Nasri made in January of this year.

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It is also claimed that West Ham would have an option to buy Giroud at the end of the season for a pre-arranged fee.

And what an excellent signing he would be for the Hammers. Sebastien Haller could learn a great deal from Giroud. The Chelsea man would surely help get the best out of the 25-year-old West Ham striker.

And a loan deal with an option to buy seems like an absolute no brainer for the east London outfit.

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