Speculation that Olivier Giroud could be a Hammers loan target in January appears to have bitten the dust with Frank Lampard making it clear the Frenchman is likely to go nowhere.
The striker has often been linked with the Irons, the suggestion being that he won’t stay at a club where he is getting only irregular starts.
The 34 year old scored the match winner against Rennes last night and the Chelsea manager wasn’t slow to make it clear that he would remain a highly valued Stamford Bridge squad member.
The Hammers are understood to have turned their attention to Josh King as a back up striker anyway but Giroud may have well stayed on a shortlist had it been clear he could be on his way from south west London.
Despite his determination in the past to make a move from the club, Lampard insisted that he still has a big role to play at the Blues.
Speaking after the game and asked if the goal underlined why Chelsea want him to stay he said: said: ” ‘Yes, it does,”
‘He’s getting better with age if anything in terms of how he looks after himself.
‘So he offers a lot for us and I keep saying it but the big schedule coming up and the way we play means I will rely on players.
‘So thankfully for me he’s a player that always keeps the right attitude if he’s not playing regularly, and I know when I call upon him that he comes in as he did.’
So that seems to be that!