West Ham United striker target Olivier Giroud has made an admission that will encourage Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini has overhauled the striker department at West Ham.

All five of the Chilean’s senior strikers from last season were shipped out in the summer.

The only proven forward to arrive was record £45million signing Sebastien Haller.

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Haller ploughing a lonely furrow

Pellegrini is playing a risky game having cheap back-up Albian Ajeti as his solitary alternative. The Swiss has failed to impress in his two appearances so far.

The Hammers wanted to sign Giroud last summer and again in January according to The Daily Mail.

His name continues to be mentioned by West Ham fans as a player they would like to see at the club, certainly for the short-term.

With January on the horizon, Pellegrini is reportedly ‘desperate’ to sign a forward (Claret & Hugh).


Giroud has barely featured for Chelsea this season. He has fallen down the pecking order behind Tammy Abraham.

And the Hammers boss will be encouraged by new comments from the French forward after he scored in France’s draw with Turkey this week.

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‘Desperate’ Pellegrini will be encouraged by comments from reported target Giroud

Speaking to Get French Football News, Giroud admitted he is not afraid to leave Chelsea in January in search of more game time.

“I am going to fight for my place at Chelsea (until January),” Giroud told GFFN.

“I don’t necessarily (want to leave). But there are things that mean… if I am forced to make a decision, I will make it like when I left Arsenal.

“Yes (I welcomed the international break). For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.”

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West Ham’s Gallic strikeforce

The 33-year-old would be the perfect man to partner compatriot Haller at the London Stadium.

Crucially when Giroud left Arsenal a big factor in opting for Chelsea was to stay in London.

West Ham could realistically get two good seasons out of the striker.

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