Arsenal days away from Giroud deal

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Arsenal expect to confirm the signing of Montpellier’s France international striker Olivier Giroud imminently, perhaps as soon as with the next 48 hours. A fee of £12m has been mooted.

Giroud is currently on international duty at Euro 2012 with France, although he did not get off the substitutes bench during Les Bleus 1-1 draw with England on Tuesday. Despite the 25-year-old’s attention being on Group D, with a match against Ukraine to come on Friday, Arsenal are said to be extremely close to agreeing the transfer not only with Montpellier, the surprise Ligue 1 champions, but also Giroud himself.

Montpellier shockingly saw off the challenge of holders Lille and oil-rich Paris Saint-Germain to take the title in France, with Giroud the club’s top scorer after netting 21 goals. The Telegraph rates Giroud as a physical presence that Arsenal do not currently have, and adds that the combined arrival of Giroud and Germany international Lukas Podolski, confirmed before the end of the season, could mean the end to the Arsenal careers of Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela and Park Chu-Yung.

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