The quest to sign Oliver Giroud from Arsenal appears to be in trouble with the Hammers learning the striker genuinely wants to stay in North London.
We have learned this morning that despite the Gunners landing their primary striker target of Alexandra Lacazette for a record fee of £46.5m from Lyon yesterday, the Giroud deal is no closer for the irons.
It had been hoped that the incoming striker would free up Giroud but the player has now indicated to his agents and the Gunners he wants to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place.
The Hammers are growing impatient and don’t believe they can wait for a possible change his mind later in the summer anbd as a result are moving on to alternative striker targets.
It appears to be a re-run of the Carlos Bacca saga last summer where we were waiting for a phone call that never came. The board appear to have learned their lesson from that situation and want to be in more in control this summer.
Is anyone surprised Hugh ? I doubt in the boardroom they are, the player knowing he had limited playing time signed a 2 year extension on his deal which has had no effect on his international career, he has come out in the media and said he is loyal to Arsenal, Lacazette wasn’t being bought to replace him he is being bought to replace either Sanchez or Wellbeck all of which might mean Giroud gets more playing time not less because Lacazette isn’t as good as Sanchez, Now instead of going in hard for Giroud we should go in even harder for both Wellbeck and Perez who may both be available.
I predict Giroud will sign for the Hammers by next Wednesday. You read it here first.
If there was a way he could stay there he would.Its his club now,he seems to have an attachment to them.Nothing ventured nothing gained and all that
Go for Wellbeck and Walcott, both must be looking for regular starts, they sure won’t get them at the Arse.
Im not surprised. If Sanchez and ozil stay that gives us more of a chance. Alan I would love to see Walcott here on the left he would be brilliant but has said he wants to stay depends on if they decide to sale him and with new FFP rules being that your wages cannot go higher than £7m of the year before than they will have to sell a lot to keep Sanchez and Ozil and now with Lacazettes salary.
But I like Welbeck but his injury rate is to risky is as been Injured most of the season going back years.
Also with Everton in for Giroud nowbas a replacement for Lukaku that makes it harder even if they do sell. We just can wait until end of August. We should really try for a pace player like Chicharito and then go for target CF. But still haven’t bid on Chic and he is cheaper fee and better than Gray who is like do like Ayew
I player to look at who is more realistic is Babacar from Florentinia AFC. He is 6’3″, age 24 and as more pace than AC but has 53 goals and 15 assists in around 150 apps. He would be a player we could sign more realistically and would offer the talent we want on lower wages.