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Oliver Giroud beyond perfect for West Ham’s vibrant new frontline

Oliver Giroud beyond perfect for West Ham’s vibrant new frontline

West Ham would be wise to ditch Javier Hernandez when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Mexican has struggled immensely since his move from Bayer Leverkusen, and a poor 2018 has seen Marko Arnautovic make the striker spot his own in recent weeks. The ex-Manchester United man looks a shade of his former self and can’t seem to get his career back on track with the Hammers. Taking home a reported £140,000-per-week, West Ham would be wise to try and offload him in the New Year.

Selling Hernandez would leave West Ham short of options up front with Andy Carroll’s fitness problems continuing. A move for Edin Dzeko has been mooted, but it’s hard to see the Bosnian leaving for anywhere other than a club in Europe. Therefore, West Ham should turn their attention to Chelsea forward – Olivier Giroud.

Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman joined the Blues back in January after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal. He delighted the Stamford Bridge faithful with a number of late goals and helped Antonio Conte lift the FA Cup at the end of his tenure. Giroud has enjoyed a first-team role under Maurizio Sarri, but Chelsea are surely expected to spend big on a striker in January. With less than a year on his contract, the World Cup winner could be set for another move.

The 32-year-old is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and would have no problem adapting to Manuel Pellegrini’s favoured one-striker formation. Giroud excels at holding the ball up and bringing others into the game which could help Andriy Yarmolenko, and Felipe Anderson hit top gear. Potentially available at a great price, this should be a no-brainer.

West Ham fans, thoughts?

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