If you were maintaining any hope that Olivier Giroud might still somehow end up at Tottenham Hotspur by the close of today’s transfer window, you can stop now. It’s not happening: the Ornacle has spoken.
David Ornstein, speaking in his role with The Athletic, has said Chelsea weren’t able to get a replacement striker in for him and Giroud will now stay at Stamford Bridge until summer, whether he plays or not.
Being told Chelsea’s attempts to secure a replacement for Olivier Giroud are over & he’ll stay at #CFC until the summer regardless of whether he plays. Would take something extraordinary to change the situation before tonight’s 11pm deadline @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/JsZSmCIYUC— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 31, 2020
It sucks for Tottenham who could use a player like Giroud to deputize for the injured Harry Kane and it sucks for Giroud, who still wants to make France’s squad for this summer’s EURO 2020 competition. Giroud is definitely not in Frank Lampard’s plans going forward, so his failure to engineer a move away from Chelsea is pretty bad for his chances now.
I guess there’s still a Lloyd Christmas chance that he could throw a fit and force a move out, but I wouldn’t put any money on it now.