Hammers/Gunners in cat and mouse game


GiroudArsenal are ready to let OIivier Giroud leave the club this summer as West Ham wait to step up their interest in the player.

A cat and mouse game of ‘name the price’ is set to be played between the two clubs with nether wanting to be the first first to show their hand.

Arsenal will be hoping Marseille firm up reported interest in order to hike the fee up but it’s the Irons who are at the front of the queue at this stage.

The striker signed a new contract with the Gooners in January which runs out January 2019 but it is becoming apparent this may have been offered in order to get a fee for the player rather than allowing him to become a free agent.

Giroud has made it clear that he will not settled for a second string role and we understand is keen on a move to the London Stadium.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • ironswatch says:

    why are we chasing a 30 year old I just dont know and for 20 mil waste of money I say

  • mooro66uk says:

    Did you watch him last night?

  • John says:

    It does make me laugh how some of our fans think all Sullivan has to do is pick the phone up to Arsenal, agree a fee for Giroud, speak to Girouds agent and agree the salary, run it past Billic and it’s deal done. You can substitute Chelsea and Bats in that or City and Nacho, the concept in their tiny mind remains the same. This statement of fact, and it’s always fact by the way, is followed by “if he can’t do the deal walk away” or “he’s not offering enough, offer more” if only it were that simple eh?

    Bats and Chelsea is undoubtedly complicated by Lukkau and Everton and today I read Lyon want Giroud and will offer Lazettes for him so Sullivan will be frustrated again by bloody Lazettes.

    There are so many complications and hurdles to clear I’d like to see some of the morons that spout their advise tie up a deal in today’s market. I include myself in that group by the way as whilst I cut the club some slack in doing these deals, frankly I wouldn’t know where to start. Or finish.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      It would certainly be a lot easier if they did it that way John 😀
      Agree price with club, agree price with agent
      Agree personal terms with player
      Sign deal

      The reality is it is more akin to Estate Agency in our country where anything goes and there are so many hidden forces at work. Football should regulate this a lot more closely and simplify the process, every player should have to register their agent, every club should have to provide an agent liaison and every conversation between parties should be recorded failure to do so will result in suspension of the player and any fees due to the player and agent or if club is responsible docking of points and a hefty fine. Full transparent disclosure to the governing football bodies, of course that is cloud cuckoo land and never likely to happen but it would be nice if we could see it all cleaned up 😀

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