West Ham are raising interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, following reports that the Frenchman is unhappy with his playing time.
The experienced striker has played second-fiddle to club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette this season but has still shone, coming off the bench on Sunday to score a late equaliser against Southampton and preventing a second consecutive defeat for the Gunners.
Giroud will now be hoping to start the midweek game against West Ham but The Daily Mirror states he’s contemplating a January loan move, as he seeks regular football ahead of France’s World Cup campaign next summer.
The former Montpellier man was given the opportunity to leave in the close season but elected to stay and fight for his place but has seen his opportunities severely limited this season, handing a dent to his hopes of leading the line for his nation next summer.
Arsenal, for their part, are determined not to lose Giroud’s services and are willing to increase the playing time of the forward but it may be difficult due to Lacazette, who has impressed since signing from Lyon in the summer.
A potential January exit for Alexis Sanchez could change the situation though, with Giroud potentially leading the line and Lacazette playing behind him.