Report: Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud a £3million target for Crystal Palace
Premier League outfit Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in Chelsea attacker Olivier Giroud.
According to the Sun, English side Palace are weighing up an attempt in the January transfer window to try sign the Blues centre-forward.
It is understood that the 33-year-old is wanted at Selhurst Park and he would cost around just £3million due to the fact his contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer.
The report explains that the France international is maybe looking for a move in the New Year due to his lack of minutes and wants to be involved next summer with his country at the European Championships.
Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is believed to have already held talks with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard about the striker.
Lampard is “reluctant” to lose any senior players and would prefer to keep Giroud in his squad, but he is “sympathetic” of his situation.
Giroud always looks a decent option whenever he’s on the pitch for the Blues, but unfortunately for him he’s mainly been on the sidelines this campaign and watched Tammy Abraham cement a first-choice role in the starting XI.
The left-footed striker has made just five appearances across all competitions so far this season and hasn’t featured in the Premier League since aghast.
He is an experienced target man that can lead the line so effectively and has throughout his career been a decent goalscorer.
Giroud has scored three goals in his last four games for France, but there just isn’t a way to squeeze him into the side.
Chelsea should fight to keep him in the squad for the rest of the season and his opportunities should increase during a busy fixture list, but it’s easy to see why regular starts at Palace could be an attractive option for him.