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Crystal Palace and West Ham United are keen to secure the signing of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud when his contract expires next month.
The France international has been signed with the Blues for the past three and a half seasons, but it seems likely that he will be heading out this summer.
The 34-year-old has lost his popularity in recent months, with manager Thomas Tuchel choosing Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to lead the line.
He has still impressed with 11 goals coming from just 1,200 minutes of first-team action. Six of them have arrived in the club’s Champions League campaign.
Vincenzo Morabito, who is the player’s go-between, has now revealed that the Blues would prefer to extend the forward’s contract.
He added that there is interest from Palace and West Ham while confirming that Giroud has been on the radar of Serie A clubs in the past.
He said Calciomercato.it: “It is also true that Chelsea would gladly keep [Giroud] and that there are clubs in England interested, such as Crystal Palace and West Ham.
“In short, he is a player who has a large market and in Italy, for some reason, he has never managed to close [a deal]. “
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Giroud has practiced his trade in the Premier League for the past nine years, where he has settled in the English capital with Arsenal and Chelsea.
Ideally, he’d rather stay in London, and both Palace and West Ham would be tempting options for the forward this summer.
Palace is planning a major summer rebuild with up to 16 players likely to be out of contracts at the end of the season.
Christian Benteke has stood out at the helm in recent weeks, but his future will be decided when a new coach is appointed.
Giroud has been a quality target, and he is also good with his linking game and can be a threat to the opposing defense in the area.
Palace could see him as a replacement for Benteke, but Giroud may lean towards the Hammers, who will offer him European football.
David Moyes’ team is sure to play in Europe next season, and Giroud could enjoy the prospect of regularly leading the line for them.
The club were unable to replace Sebastien Haller after his January departure, which has cost them their bid for Champions League football.
Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri has been linked regularly with them, but could now stay at the La Liga club to play in the Champions League.
Giroud would be a quality signing for the Hammers, having reached double figures in terms of goals in his three full seasons with the Blues.
It’s an impressive stat considering the forward has averaged just 47.86 minutes per appearance since joining the club in January 2018.
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