Giroud blow for Hammers


Olivier-Giroud1Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed his club are keen on a deal to sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud but claims the striker is keen to take his time on his future.

Giroud’s future at Arsenal remains unclear after the Frenchman started only 11 Premier League matches this campaign. Despite his fall down the pecking order the 30-year-old still managed to net 12 league goals.

Speaking to L’Equipe Aulas said: “There has been an approach, at some point, for Giroud. He is a boy that we like, who scores lots of goals and who has a lot of ambition for Russia”

“He told me personally that he wanted to take his time, that things were not completely defined with Arsenal, that he had a secret hope that he would be the number one striker next season.

The key is Arsene Wenger. We are watching. We will try to very quickly sign a top European attacker.”

Some media reports suggest Arsenal could use Giroud to land Lacazette in part exchange.

Arsenal are “ready to pay” for Alexandre Lacazette says Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas

“I do not intend to sell Alexandre quickly, because there is always the option of Atletico Madrid to signing him on January 1, 2018,” Aulas told L’Equipe. “I also listen to what Alexandre says

I saw Arsene during the match between France and England. I was with Gerard Houllier [who advises the Lyon president] and I understand he [Wenger] told Gerard that there could be an interest from Arsenal.

“But it is premature to say that things will be done. We cannot let a player of that quality go without his replacement. We are talking about €50m [£43.7m] to €60m [£52.5m].

“Arsenal are ready to pay for Lacazette. Everyone knows Atletico were going to pay €53m [£46.4m] plus €12m [£10.5m] in add-ons. That’s €65m [£56.9m].

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  • noaksey1 says:

    I wouldn’t trust this guy Aulus,West Ham had dealings with him in an attempt to buy Lacazette last season.First a deal was agreed then the price went up,then it went up again,then they said that Lacazette only wanted to play for a Champions League club.If so why is he joining Arsenal now and why entertain a £44m offer when he’s already had an offer for far more.Tell you this guy Aulus is a liar and untrustworthy.Think about it why sell Lacazette and expect to get Giroud in exchange.

  • hammers64 says:

    On top of everything else there are strong rumours that Giroud is very happy in London so may not fancy the switch to France.

  • claretandbleu says:

    I don’t see how Aulas is a liar or untrustworthy, lol ! We had/have zero chance of signing Lacazette last year, this year or in the foreseeable future! Not only will it take something special to tempt him to leave his beloved Lyon (he’s been a one club man so far), we simply aren’t on that level to attract such players (even Giroud is a stretch imo), some people need a reality check!

  • Radai Lama says:

    I don’t even remember us agreeing a fee with Lyon last season.Mind you most of the tranfer crap goes in one of my ears & out the other.Its all bullshyte 😀

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