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DiMarzio: Tottenham pursuing Olivier Giroud on 18 month contract

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But will Chelsea play ball? Seems a big ask.

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Fun fact: there has, to the best of my knowledge, been only one player who has ever played for Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the Premier League era: William Gallas. But if Jose Mourinho has his way, there may be a second one — Olivier Giroud.

According to Italian football journalist and transfer specialist Gianluca DiMarzio, the French international striker has emerged in the past hours as a potential transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur as they try and secure a veteran backup striker with what remains in the January transfer window.

Apparently AC Milan foreward Krzysztof Piatek is still the favorite to join the squad at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but it’s not a sure thing, and according to DiMarzio Daniel Levy is also trying to convince Giroud to come to the white part of North London on a 1.5 year contract.

Now, how likely is this? I’d say not very! Giroud may have his interest piqued, can’t say for sure, but Levy would still have to convince Chelsea to play ball, and there’s been bad blood between the two clubs since the failed transfer for Luka Modric back in the day. I personally can’t see a situation where Chelsea would want to strengthen a direct rival for top four, even if they’re ready to dump Giroud this month.

But would I take Giroud at Tottenham despite the history at both Arsenal and Chelsea? You bet your ass I would. Giroud is a proven Premier League veteran, canny in the box, good at holding up the ball, and is a fantastic goal poacher. I don’t care if he once wore a red shirt with white sleeves, he’d do a job for Spurs and I’d take him in a New York minute. Get fucked, rivalry.