Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly keen on a move to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The Evening Standard is claiming that the experienced striker wants a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, but fears that the Blues will block a move.
The 33-year-old is on the search for first-team football ahead of the European Championships in the summer. Frank Lampard will not provide that and he is keen on moving elsewhere before the deadline to ensure he does not lose his place in the France squad.
Both Chelsea and Tottenham are both in desperate need of a striker this month. Spurs are without any out and out forward because Harry Kane is out until at least April, and the Blues need some stronger backup for Tammy Abraham. Giroud is not considered good enough, and Lampard is desperate for a more prolific option.
The Frenchman has had a relatively productive spell at Stamford Bridge since his £18 million move from Arsenal in 2018 (Sky Sports). He has scored 19 goals and provided 13 assists in 70 appearances for the club, which is not a bad record when a lot of those appearances have come from the bench.
Giroud has never been a starter at Chelsea, but strengthening London rivals Tottenham will not be something that Lampard is keen on doing. If the Blues can avoid it, they must not sanction a move for the veteran striker to join up with Jose Mourinho in North London.
The Blues are likely to only let Giroud go if they can secure a replacement who is considered a bigger asset to Lampard’s side for the rest of the season.