Olivier Giroud reveals he almost joined Tottenham in January
As reported by The Sun, Chelsea star and former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he almost joined London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.
The 33-year-old Giroud has been with Chelsea since January 2018, having made the move from Tottenham’s bitter rivals Arsenal. The Frenchman has thrived at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues win the UEFA Europa League in 2018/19.
However, upon the arrival of Frank Lampard last summer, Giroud found himself watching from the sidelines more often than not. Indeed, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner went over two months without even featuring on the bench for the Blues last season. (h/t The Sun)
As a result, Giroud was keen on securing a transfer away from Chelsea. At the same time, Tottenham Hotspur were in the market for a new striker, following a serious injury to star man Harry Kane.
And the 33-year-old veteran has now revealed that he almost made the jump to North London, but ultimately the deal fell through as Chelsea weren’t able to secure a replacement for him. (h/t The Sun)
“During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me. I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham.”
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Giroud enjoyed a resurgent run post the failed transfer episode. His form helped Chelsea finish in the top four and make it to the finals of the FA Cup. And, having signed a new one-year contract, he looks set to stay at the club. (h/t The Sun)
While he may have played for two of our most bitter rivals, Giroud’s addition could have been a good one. However, a move never materialised.