Olivier Giroud is available for just £3m this January and that could convince West Ham to reignite their interest.
Back in January 2019, West Ham were linked with Chelsea striker Giroud, as per The Daily Mail. There was some talk that West Ham would try to sign Giroud on a free transfer in summer 2019 but he extended his contract with Chelsea.
However, he has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Despite Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain departing, Giroud still finds himself behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi for Frank Lampard’s men.
According to The Sun, Chelsea could sell the France international this winter for just £3m. This has alerted Crystal Palace, who are ready to swoop. But West Ham should also be in the race.
Olivier Giroud: The proven striker West Ham need
Giroud is a proven Premier League striker and this is what West Ham are currently lacking. Sebastien Haller has started the season well but he needs another striker to rotate with him and share the burden of goals.
Albian Ajeti does not look like he is ready to take that role. The Swiss striker has only been given one substitute cameo in the league since joining as Manuel Pellegrini tries to ease him into the squad.
But without Chicharito, Lucas Perez, Andy Carroll and Jordan Hugill, West Ham’s striker department is light. If Haller suffers an injury, West Ham will be relying with relative unknown Ajeti.
This is where Giroud could come in. For just £3m, it is a no-brainer. The 33-year-old would only be a temporary fix but he is strong in the air, good with the ball at his feet and he knows where the net is at Premier League level.
After showing he can score goals for Arsenal and Chelsea, Giroud could be an asset for West Ham. It is a low-cost and low-risk January move that needs to happen.