West Ham are reportedly lining up a move for Chelsea attacker Olivier Giroud ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Claret and Hugh, the Hammers are willing to offer the veteran attacker a similar package the club proposed Samir Nasri last year, which saw the former Arsenal midfielder join West Ham on an initial loan deal with a one-year permanent deal offered at the end of the season depending on performances.
Claret and Hugh also reported last month that Manuel Pellegrini was on the lookout for a new striker in January as well as a central defender to ideally bring in on a loan deal.
With West Ham spending a club-record £45m for Sebastien Haller this summer (per BBC Sport), it is likely that Giroud will only be brought in to act as his fellow countryman’s backup in the squad with Albian Ajeti yet to adjust himself to the English game as stats from Transfermarkt show, while with Michail Antonio yet to return from injury, and as an option off the bench, the 33-year-old World Cup winner could be an ideal striker for the job.
He is also valued at just £10.8m by Transfermarkt due to his age and contract situation, so would be an affordable option as a back-up to Haller.
As stats from Transfermarkt show, 91 of Giroud’s 243 Premier League appearances have come from the substitutes’ bench, with the Chelsea man only remaining on the sidelines 19 times during his seven years in the English top flight, with 13 of these featureless games coming during his spell with the Blues.
As well as being a striker who is often called upon to add something to a game from the bench, Giroud’s overall league goal contribution record is a fairly impressive one, with the former Arsenal man managing 78 goals and 32 assists in the English top flight (per Transfermarkt), with the Frenchman managing the second-most goals in Premier League history from a player coming off the bench (per Sportskeeda).
West Ham broke the bank this summer to bring in an established striker, yet it is apparent that Pellegrini isn’t happy with his current attacking options at West Ham, so the short-term signing of Giroud could be a good quick fix for the Irons.
The French attacker has proven in his seven years in England to be a great option coming off the bench based on his impressive goalscoring feats as a super-sub, and with West Ham in need of a solid plan B away from Haller, Giroud fits the bill perfectly for a striker that can come on into a game and make an instant impact.
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