Old Trafford side look to beef up attacking options with bid for French international.
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Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly ready to meet Montpellier’s asking price for in-form striker Olivier Giroud as the Man United boss looks to re-shape his Old Trafford strike-force. The Scot has had scouts monitoring the French international and is keen to enter talks prior to Euro 2012 where the 25 year old’s valuation may soar if he produces the goods for Laurent Blanc’s side.
Ferguson is likely to lose Dimitar Berbatov this summer and has already released Michael Owen and with Javier Hernandez experiencing a big drop in form last term the Man United manager is looking to bring in a new attacking option. Youngster Danny Welbeck has been more effective in a wide attacking role leaving Wayne Rooney as the club’s only in form orthodox striker.
Giroud had an excellent season at Montpellier, netting 25 goals in all competitions whilst helping his side to their first ever Ligue 1 title triumph. The 6ft 3in forward then topped off these advances by scoring on his full French international debut, away in Germany no less.
Sir Alex Ferguson may well see Giroud as an ideal target man to partner Rooney or he may just feel the need to beef up his attacking options as they look to fight on several fronts.
Montpellier are said to be resigned to losing Giroud and are club president Laurent Nicollin is demanding €25m (£20m) for the former Tours man and having received assurances that he will be backed in the transfer market this summer, Ferguson is ready to meet the Ligue 1 sides valuation.