Fenerbahce are reportedly trying to lure Olivier Giroud to Turkey this month, in a bid to replace Robin van Persie and Fernandao.

According to Turkish outlet Fanatik, Fenerbahce are looking for a striker to replace van Persie and Fernandao, as the pair look set to leave. Manager Aykut Kocaman plans to bid on Giroud, with help from French international teammate Mathieu Valbuena, who currently plays for the Yellow Canaries.

A big potential stumbling block is Giroud’s recent injury. The Gunners don’t expect him back in competitive action until February, so it’s very unlikely he’ll get fit before the end of the transfer window. However, given Arsenal signed Kim Källström with a damaged vertebrae, it’s clearly not impossible for Fenerbahce to procure his signature anyway.

And considering how well the 31-year-old does with his limited minutes for Arsenal, you can see the appeal for the Turkish club. The former Montpellier man has seven goals in just 10 starts this season. The fact Wenger has used him so sparingly is the reason a move away from the Emirates might appeal to Giroud.

The Gunners will have to do their best to convince Giroud he’ll get enough game time to boost his hopes of representing France at the 2018 World Cup in the summer.

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