Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is believed to have spoken to Everton manager Ronald Koeman about the possibility of him joining the Toffees this summer.

According to the Foot Mercato, the Gunners centre-forward has been considering a move away from Arsenal in recent weeks and Everton would be an attractive proposition.

The 30-year-old has reaffirmed his desire to remain at Arsenal, suggesting he wants to stay at the Emirates to win trophies. But with a host of clubs linked – Lyon & Marseille from Ligue 1 and West Ham and Everton from the Premier League – Giroud may have had his head turned.

Alexandre Lacazette recently signed from Lyon this summer for a club record fee, meaning Giroud’s starting place in the side is unlikely next season. Everton, chasing a Champions League spot in 2017/18, are a big club and would promise Giroud regular playing time.

Everton have spent £100m this summer, with Ronald Koeman keen to bolster the squad for a European push. The Toffees are targeting Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney as well as Giroud and are hoping they can bring in a top striker to replace the Manchester United-bound Romelu Lukaku.

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