Tottenham and West Ham are among a number of teams who are showing interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
The French forward is reportedly willing to leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window, in order to improve his chances of getting into France’s Euro 2020 squad next summer.
Frank Lampard has insisted that Giroud still has a part to play after he scored a late winner off the bench in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Rennes in the Champions League.
But according to CalcioMercato , Spurs and West Ham are keen to bolster their attack by signing the 34-year-old.
However they could face stiff competition for his signature, with Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Inter Miami all reportedly monitoring the striker’s situation.
Giroud was expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after he struggled to get game-time after the appointment of Lampard.
The striker found form late in the season though and was rewarded with a new 12-month deal.
But with Chelsea signing a host of attacking options in the summer, Giroud has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud’s powerful header snatched the Blues a 2-1 Champions League win at Rennes, securing safe passage to the last 16 with two matches in Group E still to play.
Lampard believes Giroud is managing to improve with age, and maintained the ex-Arsenal man is still highly valued at the Blues.
Asked if Giroud’s goal underlines just why Chelsea want him to stay at Stamford Bridge, Lampard said: ‘Yes, it does, and I’ve felt it first-hand, last year it was him or Tammy (Abraham) fighting for the No 9 spot.
‘Tammy had a great first half of the season, and then Oli in restart was fantastic.
‘And the things behind the scenes, everybody kind of feels from the outside to be fair, what a great professional he is and how highly regarded he is by his team-mates and myself.
‘So for him to get a goal, you saw the reaction of his team-mates, he’s so professional in how he trains and looks after himself that age isn’t even a factor for him.
‘He’s getting better with age if anything in terms of how he looks after himself.
‘So he offers a lot for us and I keep saying it but the big schedule coming up and the way we play means I will rely on players.
‘So thankfully for me he’s a player that always keeps the right attitude if he’s not playing regularly, and I know when I call upon him that he comes in as he did.’
Despite the praise of his manager, Giroud is determined to make France’s Euro 2020 squad, and his time at Stamford Bridge could be coming to a close as a result.
Giroud has scored 44 goals in 105 appearances for the French national squad and was a starter for their 2018 World Cup winning squad.
After his goal at Rennes, former Chelsea star Joe Cole said Giroud is one of the most ‘underrated’ players in the Premier League.
Cole said: ”It’s not just moments like today such as getting the winning goal, it’s his general demeanour around the place, he’s a good player in the dressing room.
‘There’s a reason why Didier Deschamps relies on him for France. Frank will not want Giroud walking out of the door in January
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