Everton are planning to return for Olivier Giroud in January, according to latest reports, although it’s unknown if they’ve be successful given Arsenal’s desire to retain the striker.
Giroud was linked with a move away from North London over the summer, after Arsenal spent a club-record fee to bring in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. In the end, the 30-year-old ended up committing to the Gunners.
However, according to the Mirror, Giroud is now keen to push through a move to Merseyside, as he has seen his first-team opportunities limited by Lacazette.
Reports claim that Koeman only missed out on a deal for the striker over the summer because they were “caught out by circumstances” and the deal collapsed in the final days. As a result, they reportedly plan to go back in with a £40m bid when the winter window opens.
This doesn’t really fit with what we’ve heard so far. Wenger previously stated that he opened the door for the centre-forward to leave over the summer, so there’s no sense that Giroud would have had to force a move.
He has also stated that it was his decision to stay in the end, not Arsène Wenger “blocking” the move, as The Mirror claim. Maybe the Toffees do plan on making a January bid, but personally I’m not going to trust an article making contrasting claims.