Everton are looking to continue their summer spending spree by signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
Last season Giroud made just 11 starts for Arsenal in the Premier League with a further 18 appearances from the bench scoring 12 goals, but with the addition of Alexandre Lacazette at the club, who they signed for a club record fee of £53 million, could find his chances even more limited and you would imagine that Everton can better offer him regular game time.
Ronald Koeman has signed a number of young players to his side this summer but it is believed that he wants to add some experience to his squad before the window closes, in which case Giroud at 30 years of age with five years of Premier League and Champions League football at Arsenal under his belt more than qualifies.
Everton are hoping that £20 million will be enough for them to land the striker who has averaged 13.8 goals a season across his five seasons in the Premier League. Not bad numbers for a backup/second choice striker.
As for the fee of £20 million, well Giroud has both Premier League and Champions League experience, both clubs will be in the Europa League next season and both will be fighting it out for those European places so you could them rivals in that regard, in which case it sounds a fair offer.
Personally don’t think Giroud is as bad as some Arsenal fans make him out to be. He is a good backup striker and good option to bring off the bench to offer something a bit different.