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Olivier Giroud targeted by Arsenal for summer transfer
Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud is close to the top of Arsenal’s summer transfer window hit-list, according to scout Gilles Grimandi.
Giroud was linked with Newcastle last month, but the Magpies eventually signed Papiss Demba Cisse in a £9 million deal from Freiburg.
He could still have the chance to move to the Premier League, as the Gunners’ French scout Grimandi is watching him closely.
‘Always we look at interesting players and we are following Giroud,’ Grimandi told Le 10 Sport.
Giroud may well be the archetypal Arsene Wenger signing. The Montpellier man is clearly not a household name but may well be the type of signing that the Gunners boss thinks he can help to fulfill their potential. The 25 year old has been a veritable goal machine this term, netting 18 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions and the Arsenal boss may see the big forward as a good target man to play alongside Robin Van Persie.
The 6ft 3in French international has come through the lower leagues and taken to life in the top tier incredibly well and he could well book himself a spot in Laurent Blanc’s Euro 2012 squad as a result, and this may well result in the player’s valuation increasing significantly.
For scout Grimandi to openly name a player they are scouting is fairly rare and may well be a statement of intent. Having seen Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh fail to make an impact up front a move for Giroud in the summer could become more probable if the pair fail to pick up their games once they return from the African Cup of Nations.