Anfield side set sights on French international.
Liverpool have joined the list of clubs showing interest in Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.
Manager Kenny Dalglish and assistant Steve Clarke watched Montpellier’s 1-0 victory at Toulouse on Friday night and were joined in the stands by Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi and Bayern Munich’s general manager Christian Nerlinger.
Although there were other players on show that have attracted Liverpool’s interest in the past year, including Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Montpellier captain and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, it is understood Giroud was the focus of Dalglish’s attention.
However, the striker struggled to impress and missed a penalty.
Dalglish has identified a striker, right-sided midfielder and defender as his priorities for this summer.
Giroud is rated at £50m but is understood to have a release clause considerably lower at £13.5m.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Even though Andy Carroll has put in some decent performances of late, most notably in FA Cup action, the £35m man is still very far from being the finished article and Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish can not afford to wait for the England international to get his game in order and therefore a move for Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud would make a great deal of sense.
The 6ft 3in striker has been in fine form this term, helping his side to within touching distance of their first ever domestic title triumph and forcing his way into the French national team set-up in the process.
The 25 year old is something of a late developer having spent much of his career in the lower leagues but this term he has kicked on and is now the top scorer in Ligue 1 and scored in his first French national team start, against Germany no less and will no doubt be part of Laurent Blanc’s Euro 2012 squad.
If the Anfield side can lure the in-form forward to Merseyside for just £13.5m then that would be one hell of a bargain.
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