Agent gives West Ham and Crystal Palace a chance to sign World Cup winner

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Olivier Giroud came within seven goals of Thierry Henry’s all-time French record in Tuesday’s 4-2 Nations League win over Sweden.

But it seems that for a living Les Bleus legend, his midweek brace would have felt very special, and not just because it put a place in French football history within his grasp.

Didier Deschamps warned Giroud before the game that unless he plays regular club football for the next several months, even the irreplaceable could be, well … replaced.

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The former Arsenal hero was France’s center forward during their triumphant World Cup campaign in 2018.

But if the 34-year-old Giroud wants to retain that number nine jersey amid competition from Anthony Martial, Marcus Thuram and Wissam Ben Yedder, his situation at the club level should change, preferably, as Deschamps said, in January.

Giroud has played just 33 minutes of Premier League football all season at Chelsea. A hardly ideal preparation for a great tournament.

“Deep down there is a bit of disappointment when you give (Tammy) Abraham a chance instead of him,” Giroud’s agent Michael Manuello tells FootMercato. “It is not an ideal situation.

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Manuello admits that a winter outing from Stamford Bridge is a possibility.

The Guardian reported today that Giroud would be willing to join one of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals and, curiously, his agent did nothing to downplay those speculations.

“Now, a new English club can make you think because the big difference with the Premier League (to other leagues) is that it is still an extraordinary championship,” adds Manuello.

“So if a good Premier League club came out, yeah, that could (be an option).”

Giroud himself told So Foot that Tottenham Hotspur had called in early 2020. But, with Carlos Vinicius now vying for the red-hot Harry Kane, it’s hard to imagine Giroud swapping one London-based bank for another.

West Ham or Crystal Palace feel, on paper at least, like a more realistic destination for a striker who has been under the bright lights of the capital (Express) for ten years.

Giroud is, in many ways, what West Ham want the disappointing Sebastien Haller to be. The idea that one of the great goals of the modern game would drive home a precise Aaron Cresswell crossover is what claret and blue dreams are made of.

And, in theory, he would also shine on one side of the Palace with the kind of skilled and inquisitive strikers able to effortlessly bond with a man Eden Hazard called the best in the world.

However, a move to Selhurst Park would have to be permanent, with Michy Batshuayi already on loan from Chelsea.

Yet with Abraham, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz building a bright future in West London, Giroud feels like a man relegated to Chelsea’s past.

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