Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is on West Ham’s shortlist of targets for the January transfer window, according to reports in England.
The France international has been pursued by the Hammers in the past and it remains to be seen whether the 34-year-old could be convinced to leave Stamford Bridge.
It is believed David Moyes is keen on finding a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who has flattered to deceive in recent games, but supporters on Twitter are split on whether Giroud would be the right fit:
100% would take on loan
— Michael Lyons (@Michael766TN) December 23, 2020
Again? Lazy reporting, and he's getting older every year.
— Scout Team Hero (@randywestman) December 22, 2020
We are linked with him every window. It will be the Tevez return rumours next
— Joe Nissim (@CraftyCockney_) December 23, 2020
Makes no sense, It’s Haller all over again, either find a striker that works in a Moyes system or play a system round Haller
— Mozza (@Mozza_Chris) December 23, 2020
How’s he past his best? He’s still banging in goals.
— Brad 🛠 WHUFC (@BradHellyer1) December 23, 2020
Giroud is about as mobile as Haller. In my opinion, he is not what we need.
— John mann (@johnnymann61) December 23, 2020
Let's face it Giroud score regularly and has done his whole career. Haller has 10 goals for West Ham in 18 months of PL football
— ⚒DH⚒🏴#GSBOUT (@Dengiehammer) December 23, 2020
Great player but doesn’t suit our system
— tomas (@stackzinho9) December 22, 2020
Would be awful in the big games when we play on the counter. Great player though, just not for Moyes
— JB 🍬 (@Opinions_WHUFC) December 22, 2020
Considering Moyes favours a more mobile number 9, Giroud would hardly be the player you would think of as being ideal for the system. He would, though, be more capable of holding up the ball than Haller who has struggled with the physicality of the Premier League.
There are also question marks over whether Giroud will even leave Chelsea, with the Frenchman having played more regularly in recent weeks, so we shall see if the Irons make a bid when the window opens next month.