Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has urged Tottenham Hotspur to swoop for Olivier Giroud before the transfer window shuts.
Reports in the British press over the last few days have suggested that the Lilywhites have identified Giroud as the man to help solve their issues up front with Harry Kane being out for an extended spell (Evening Standard).
While reports have indicated that the 33-year-old is keen to move to Tottenham, it has been revealed that Chelsea aren’t too keen on allowing the striker to join their direct rivals (L’Equipe).
The Lilywhites are competiting with Frank Lampard’s side for a place in the Champions League next season with just six points currently separating Spurs from the Blues in the fourth spot.
Mills believes Tottenham should do all they can to get the deal over the line before this evening transfer deadline as felt the former Arsenal striker’s qualities exactly suit what Spurs need.
Speaking to Football Insider, the 42-year-old said: “He’s not a goalscorer, but what he does do is his team play, the way he brings people into a game is sensational.
“The way that Mourinho plays, he likes a big centre-forward, he likes a target man – somebody to play the ball into, hold the ball up, bring people into play. He likes that focal point. There’s no surprise.
“The move across London would suit Giroud. When you’re looking at if you can get him in, then yeah, I think that’s a no-brainer.”
Any hopes which Spurs had over a deal appear to be over after The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported that Chelsea have failed to find a replacement, meaning Giroud will now stay at Stamford Bridge.
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There is no doubt that Giroud would be a good fit for us and would be a valuable option to have in the squad even when Kane recovers from injury. However, it is unsurprising that Chelsea are unwilling to let him join us. Let’s hope the club have contingency plans in place in case the deal doesn’t work out.
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