West Ham United are keeping tabs on the future of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
Giroud has had a brilliant week for the Blues, scoring 4 times in the Champions League win over Sevilla before helping Chelsea briefly go top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against Leeds United.
However, things haven’t always been plain sailing at Stamford Bridge for the ex-Arsenal striker, which is where West Ham come in.
The 34-year-old has been unhappy with the lack of game time afforded to him by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who has preferred to use Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner upfront so far this season rather than the big Frenchman.
In fact, reports have even claimed that Chelsea won’t stand in the way of a Stamford Bridge departure for Giroud in the hunt for regular first team football.
France manager Didier Deschamps, a former Chelsea player himself, has suggested that if Giroud wants to be included in the national team squad for next summer’s European Championships, he needs to ‘change his situation’.
West Ham are well aware of this and may offer the striker an escape route in the form of a switch from West to East London.
A player of Giroud’s quality is still capable of scoring goals in the Premier League and the Hammers are said to be keen to swoop if he becomes available.
There are no concrete leads on this yet and it is purely rumour – but certainly a move to West Ham gives Giroud the option to stay in London, stay in the Premier League, and stay in the frame for France selection.