Giroud 'very close' to joining Everton in summer

Lynette Rowe
October 10, 2017

Giroud strongly considered an Arsenal exit when it became clear France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette's club-record arrival in July would eat into his starting opportunities.

Following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Ronald Koeman was eyeing a new experienced striker to bring to his side and to replace the Belgian and Lukaku was said to be on top of his wish list.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman pushed hard to land the 31-year-old and with a World Cup on the horizon, he made a decision to stay with the Gunners and fight for his place.

Arsenal on the other hand are in fifth and will be looking for a replacement for star winger Alexis Sanchez who is likely to leave the club in the January window.

"I was very close to signing for another English club, Everton, but I made the best choice I think", Giroud told France's Canal Football Club.

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'I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time.

"I stayed because I have a certain attachment to the club, quite simply". I didn't want to return to France.

Lookman made eight appearances in the Premier League last season but wasn't able to nail down a spot in Koeman's squad and regularly shifted between the first team and Everton's Premier League Two title-winning under-23's squad.

Giroud is yet to earn a start in the Premier League this term and has suggested that a move for him may be possible in the future - but perhaps not to Everton.

Victory over Belarus will confirm passage to the Russia World Cup for Giroud and his global team-mates, seeing them top the pile as Group A victors.

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