Dean Jones thinks that West Ham United making a loan move for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud would be one to suit both parties.
West Ham United are currently low on the centre-forward spot at the moment having sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £25m. They have been in the market for a few names including Joshua King and Marko Arnautovic, however, reports have claimed those hunts are now off.
There has been some speculation linking the Chelsea forward with a move across London, and in the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones thinks that both sides would be able to get something out of the move:
“The fact is now they’ve pretty much only got Michail Antonio, who’s not really a typical centre-forward because he’s only been playing there for a short period of time.
“And that’s why I was told that they are sounding out Olivier Giroud, just over his situation. Obviously, from the outside, you think surely Chelsea are going to play this guy, and he’s going to get games and be important, but I honestly don’t think he is, I don’t think that he’s a big part of what’s left in this season. And I think that the option to stay in London might be interesting to him on a short-term deal.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ thoughts over a potential West Ham move for Olivier Giroud…
Jones’ comments take on the situation really paint a picture of who wants what out of the move. There is no doubt that even at the age of 34, Giroud still has something left in the tank, having scored nine goals in sixteen appearances so far this season.
So if West Ham are just looking for someone who can cover them for the next few months, and Giroud is looking for a run of football ahead of this summer’s European Championships to get into the France squad, then there’s something for both of them.
However, if West Ham are looking more long-term in terms of what they need up front, then it might be better if they began to look elsewhere for their next centre-forward.