Valencia Plan Shock Summer Swoop for Arsenal Striker Olivier Giroud

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Frenchman may have already played his final game for the Gunners. 

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Liga outfit Valencia are eyeing up a surprise move for misfiring Arsenal front man Olivier Giroud as a potential replacement for their Tottenham Hotspur-bound striker Roberto Soldado next season, according to reports in The Times.

The Spanish club are said to be already preparing for life at the Mestalla without their skipper, who is expected to shortly complete a £26.5 million move to White Hart Lane following weeks of tough negotiations with their counterparts from north London.

And now Valencia are drawing up a short list of possible attacking replacements for the prolific Spain international, with Manchester United front man Javier Hernandez understood to be their first choice target.

However, the Liga giants are also conscious of the fact that the Premier League champions are desperate to keep hold of the red-hot Mexico international at Old Trafford next season, and so they have prepared a back-up option in the form of Arsenal’s Giroud.

The France international may have only been at the Emirates for one campaign, having arrived in north London from Ligue 1 side Montpellier last June on a long-term deal for a fee of £9.6m.

However, the 26-year-old scored just 17 goals in his 47 matches for the Gunners in the entire 2012/13 season and it is understood that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be willing to listen to offers for his centre forward as he prepares his own move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

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