Everton fans have been particularly quiet in the Transfer Tavern during the international break given their side’s poor start to the season.
The Merseyside outfit have won just two of their opening seven Premier League matches to sit 16th in the division, this all after spending over £100 million during the summer on supremely talented players.
And with no wins from their opening two Europa League matches as well, the pressure is firmly on manager Ronald Koeman, who is unlikely to be overly thrilled with recent quotes from summer target Olivier Giroud for Canal Football Club (via The Daily Mail), who has opened up about almost moving to Goodison Park during the summer.
The France international currently plays his trade at Arsenal and has done so since 2012, in which time he has scored 100 goals in 238 matches, and helped Arsene Wenger’s side to three FA Cup crowns in 2014, 2015, and 2017.
However, the 31-year-old has struggled for regular football in recent times and has yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners this term, this all after mustering just 11 league starts last season.
And his first team frustrations saw him heavily linked with a move to Koeman’s Everton, a deal the Frenchman has recently said almost came to fruition.
He said: ‘I had the opportunity to leave. I was very close to another English club – Everton – but I think I made the best choice.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Koeman and indeed several of our suffering resident Evertonians, who have seen their side manage just four Premier League goals so far this season, a tally which may well be far greater had the Frenchman made the move to the North West during the summer.
Landlord’s verdict: Olivier Giroud notched his 100th goal for Arsenal last month, yet certainly hasn’t received the credit he deserves from his five-year stint in North London.
The 31-year-old offers the Gunners something different in the attacking department and still managed 12 goals last season, despite only starting in 11 of their 38 Premier League matches.
And those first team struggles saw Everton register an interest in his services over the summer, only for Giroud to decide against moving to Merseyside, albeit admitting that the deal almost took place.
And with Everton having sold Romelu Lukaku during the close season, landing Giroud would have somewhat minimised that loss, but instead they look set for a testing time in front of goal for the next few months at least.
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