West Ham: Olivier Giroud linked with Irons move
West Ham United have been named as potential suitors for AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud in a recent report from The Sun.
The Lowdown: Ings impressing
The Hammers have already added a striker to their ranks recently, bringing in Danny Ings during the January transfer window, and the Englishman has started well, netting a brace in the 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
However, Gianluca Scamacca has not hit the ground running since arriving from Sassuolo in a £35.5m deal last summer, scoring just three times in 16 Premier League appearances, so David Moyes could look at new centre-forward options in the summer.
The Latest: Giroud available?
According to The Sun, Giroud is open to a move back to England, having previously played for Chelsea and Arsenal, with his contract in Milan currently set to expire at the end of the season.
The Frenchman is said to prefer a move to London, having been uninterested in joining Everton in January because of the distance from the capital, opening the door for a potential move to the London Stadium.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Hailed as a ‘special player‘ by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the striker poses a very impressive track record in English football, having scored 144 goals across all competitions during his time with Arsenal and Chelsea.
The 120-cap France international is now 36 years old, but he is still managing to perform at a very high level with AC Milan, netting seven goals and claiming four assists in 21 Serie A appearances so far this season, while he has also scored four times in the Champions League.
Given his age, Giroud will not be a long-term solution to West Ham’s goalscoring woes, with the Irons netting just 23 times in the current top-flight campaign. However, he would be a savvy signing on a short-term contract, and Moyes will know his qualities well, having wanted to sign him at West Ham during the 2019/20 season.