Monchengladbach line up talks for Arsenal target Giroud

Borussia Monchengladbach are eyeing up an eleventh hour bid for Olivier Giroud. According to Sky Sports the German club are hoping to hijack the striker from Arsenal, who are reported to have agreed a £12 million deal with Montpellier.

Sporting director, Max Eberl, has explained Gladbach’s interest but also concedes a deal will be hard to complete given the ongoing talks Giroud has with other clubs. He said:

“We remain true to our policy that we do not throw our money out the window. The problem in our negotiations is that we are in competition with clubs like Arsenal and top clubs in Germany”

The French international has been expected to complete a transfer to Arsenal in the coming weeks and it remains to be seen if this is just a bump in the road for that deal or a serious decision for the 25-year-old.

Giroud has been in fine form since signing for Montpellier in 2010, scoring 33 goals in 69 games for the Ligue 1 club. He also made it into the Euro 2012 squad for France – scoring 1 goal in 6 games for his country so far – only making his debut back in November.

If the German team fail in their attempt to sign Giroud they are likely to turn their attention to Luuk de Jong of Ajax or John Guidetti of Manchester City as they look to strengthen their side for the Champions League next season.

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