Montpellier HSC manager Rene Girard has said that Arsenal are seriously keen on signing striker Olivier Giroud.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a strong admirer of last season’s Ligue 1 top scorer and wants to add the Frenchman to his striking options at the Emirates.
Girard confirmed to French radio station RMC that Giroud would be interested in a move to Northand that Marouane Chamakh could be part of the deal.
“Giroud loves England as well as Arsenal. We know Wenger wants him in his team. If they make an offer that’s probably where he’ll go,” said Girard.
“It’s likely that Giroud had to go to Arsenal. In this case we’d like to get Chamakh on loan but I don’t know if it is possible.”
Giroud reportedly has a release clause of around £12m in his contract with the French and is currently on international duty with Les Bleus at Euro 2012.
The 25-year-old has had a similar start to his footballing career as that of friend and international teammate Laurent Koscielny, having played much of his early football at lower-league clubs in France before going on to star in the French top flight.
Giroud is known for his physical style of play and heading ability, which has helped him to score 33 times in his two seasons at the Stade de la Mosson.
He has also been linked with the likes of big-spending La Liga outfit Malaga as well as Queens Park Rangers, although Giroud is highly unlikely to consider a move to Loftus Road.
Arsenal have already added German forward Lukas Podolski as they look to bring in some big-money signings in order to try and tempt talisman skipper Robin Van Persie to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.