West Ham United could lodge a potential attempt to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud after he revealed his frustration at being bench for most of the previous campaign. The France international made just 13 starts for the Gunners all season, but he still managed to bag a respectable tally of 16 goals.
Giroud had remained the first-choice striker for the Gunners until last season, where Arsene Wenger shuffled his options with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck taking up the centre-forward duties.
According to The Mirror, the former Montpellier man is a potential option for the east London outfit as they seek to find a regular goalscorer to integrate into their squad. The Hammers search for a new striker brought the likes of Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri to the London stadium on temporary deals last summer, but both of them eventually flopped before being released to their respective clubs. With Calleri has been linked with a move to the A-League according to the latest Brisbane Roar transfer rumours, it’s believed that the Hammers want someone who is proven in the Premier League.
Giroud, on the other hand, has scored goals whenever counted upon at the Emirates, but it is the lack of starts which has urged him to consider his future, though he would still like to win the Premier League with the Gunners. The Frenchman bagged a hat-trick for his nation in the 5-0 thrashing of Paraguay last weekend, and shortly after the game, he highlighted that he will not accept a backup role at Arsenal for the upcoming season.
He told Sky Sports: “I will put up with the transfer market. I will discuss with the coach but he is relying on me. It is true that I have had limited playing time but it was for a certain amount of time, it is true there were things against me. I will not settle for another year with such little playing time. I will have to think carefully to consider it with my relatives and my advisers. It will be a decision that will be maturely thought about to have more playing time.”