Chelsea are considering making a move for an out of favor Arsenal striker, while West Ham are hoping to seal a late loan move for a Liverpool attacker, according to Friday’s papers.
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Chelsea are reportedly considering a move to bring Olivier Giroud to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal.
The Gunners frontman had been expected to make a loan switch to Borussia Dortmund but that move appears to be dead after the German outfit were unable to agree a fee with Arsenal for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to move in the opposite direction.
Chelsea, themselves are still in talks with Roma to try and sign former Manchester City hitman Erin Dzeko but are said to be lining-up Giroud if a move for the Bosnian falls through, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.
The Blues are clearly chasing a certain type of central striker, having also tried to sign Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes and Giroud also fits that mould.
The Frenchman has 18 months remaining on his existing Arsenal deal but it would appear that his future eyes elsewhere and that it is a matter of when and not if he ends his stay at The Emirates.
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Borussia Dortmund have offered Arsenal just £1.3m to take Olivier Giroud on loan for the rest of the season, which could ruin Arsene Wenger’s plan to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (The Sun)
West Ham are considering making a late bid to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan (The Sun)
Newcastle hope to sign Danish star Nicolai Jorgensen for a club-record £18m within 48 hours (The Sun)
Watford boss Javi Gracia admits he has no idea if Troy Deeney will stay this winter (The Sun)
Diafra Sakho has told West Ham he wants to leave and join French side Rennes having hardly featured this season (The Sun)
Stoke look set to turn down the opportunity bring back Bojan early from his loan spell at Alaves (The Sun)
Brighton are plotting an £8m move for highly-rated Charlton defender Ezri Konsa (The Sun)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Armenia coach has welcomed his move to Arsenal and away from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (Daily Mirror)
Inter Milan target Danny Ings is set for his first start under Jurgen Klopp after over two years wrecked by injuries (Daily Mirror)
Bournemouth winger Connor Mahoney is set to join Barnsley on loan (Daily Mirror)
Aston Villa are chasing Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa, who will only be allowed to leave the club if Islam Slimani is sold (The Times)
PSG have insisted it will be “impossible” for Real Madrid to sign Neymar this summer which will raise fears at Chelsea that the European champions may turn their attention more fully to Eden Hazard (Daily Telegraph)
Sergio Ramos says he’s still backing Zinedine Zidane, despite Real Madrid’s shocking season (Daily Star)
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is angry with Antonio Conte, after he claimed that the club’s signings this season were nothing to do with him (Daily Star)
Javi Gracia has admitted he has no idea how long he will be Watford manager for (Daily Star)
Arsenal have been told by Borussia Dortmund to break their transfer record to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Daily Star)
Newcastle target Sandro Ramirez has told his club Everton that he wants to join Sevilla (Daily Star)
Watford have enquired about taking Loic Remy on loan from Las Palmas (Daily Mail)
Sandro Ramirez has told Everton he wants to leave the club (Daily Mail)
Stoke are yet to agree a fee with MLS club New York City for Jack Harrison (Daily Mail)
Sevilla are closing in on the loan signing of Swansea midfielder Roque Mesa (Daily Mail)
Brighton are discussing moves for Real Betis’ Victor Camarasa and Charlton’s Ezri Konsa (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are eyeing a move for PSG teenager Claudio Gomes (Daily Mail)
West Brom and Northern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt, 33, is close to signing a new contract at the club (Birmingham Mail)
Watford are close to signing 19-year-old Sweden goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg from IFK Gothenburg (Watford Observer)
Aberdeen have been given a boost in the race to sign Michael Devlin after Preston ended their interest in the Hamilton skipper (Daily Record)