Cape Town - Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could
be on his way to join Everton in
January to increase his chances of making the France squad for the 2018 Soccer World Cup in
Giroud was said to be close to
securing a move to the Toffees in the off-season as a direct replacement for
Romelu Lukaku but rejected the transfer at the last minute.
Ronald Koeman suggested that the
club's poor form at the start of the season that culminated to his eventual
dismissal was down to the failed deal for the towering striker.
However, with Giroud only
starting one Premier League game for the Gunners this season, the former
Montpellier forward seems open for the second round of negotiations with the
"I have the World Cup at the
back of my mind weekly, almost daily." he told reporters last month
"Each time I go onto the pitch, it’s to be more clinical and keep on track
for the World Cup."
Wayne Rooney, who has been in
scintillating form with 10 league goals so far, this season has spoken of his
admiration of the 31-year-old when asked about his possible arrival.
"I think we could do with
another striker in," Rooney told TalkSport. "The one player for
me who has to start is Olivier Giroud. He scores goals and every time he comes
on he scores, he's a handful and hard to play against.
"For me, if he starts games
for Arsenal they are a better team."