France striker Giroud wanted by Arsenal

Arsenal have moved to bolster their strike force by asking about the availability of Olivier Giroud, the Montpellier and France international striker, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Giroud ended the Ligue 1 season as the division’s top scorer, helping Montpellier to a shock title win ahead of the petrodollar-fuelled Paris Saint-Germain. Giroud scored 21 goals in the season just ended and broke into the national team, scoring his first international goal in France’s 2-1 win over Germany in February and making the squad for Euro 2012, the tournament for which France and England are in the same group and will meet on June 11.

The Telegraph suggests that Arsene Wenger will try to tempt Montpellier into selling by offering former Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh and £6.5m for the Giroud. However, the newspaper adds that no formal offer has yet been made and Arsenal’s chances of landing the striker may depend on their ability to offload the likes of Park Chu-Young, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela and Chamakh.

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