Arsenal striker Giroud ‘would join’ Besiktas, claims report

Date published: Wednesday 21st June 2017 2:04

Unsettled Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is reported to be keen on joining Turkish Super Lig out Besiktas according to reports in Turkey.

Besiktas have “entered into initial talks” with the France forward and are believed to have received a favourable reply, according to Haberturk reporter Kartal Yigit.

The report also claims that Besiktas have made a formal offer for Giroud after being given encouragement that he was open to a transfer

The report, via Turkish-Football goes as far as claiming that Giroud has said: “I would join,” when asked about a move to the Turkish champions.

Giroud, 30, is believed to be unsettled at Arsenal after struggling to get game time last season.

Giroud, who joined Arsenal for £10million in 2012, scored 12 Premier League goals from just 11 starts last term, but he has historically always divided fans’ opinion at The Emirates.

West Ham have been linked with the player, who has been offered a public show of faith by Arsene Wenger.

Wenger told the London Evening Standard: “It has been a frustrating season for him because he has not played a lot. And when he has played well, he has not always played the next match.

“He has won us a lot of points when he has come on because he has scored lots of times. He has qualities that our team need.”

The powerful striker, who has two years left on his contract, reportedly wants regular game time and Champions League football next season and Besiktas could certainly offer him that.

Besiktas booked their place in the Champions League group stage after winning successive titles in Turkey and they also reached the Europa League quarter-finals, losing on penalties to  Lyon.

The Turkish club plan to offer him €5million per-season, making him the highest-paid player at the club.

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