Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara has controversially suggested that the Lilywhites should try to land Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud before the close of the transfer window.
Spurs are said to be on the lookout for a striker to replace the injured Harry Kane and have been linked heavily with several names including AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek (the Sun) and Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose (Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano).
Giroud, meanwhile, is reportedly surplus to requirements at Chelsea and is being backed to complete a move to Inter Milan before the end of the month (Evening Standard).
However, O’Hara believes that Spurs should go all out for Giroud as he would be a good fit given his experience and ability to hold up the ball.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Spurs midfielder said, “I’m going to throw it out there, I wouldn’t mind seeing Giroud at Tottenham.
“Tottenham are desperate and Tottenham need a striker, they need to get someone in for Harry Kane.
“They don’t want to say it’s going to be second fiddle to Harry Kane… Giroud will come in and he’s a World Cup winner.
“He’s going to give you, the way that we play, the style that we play, with Son, with Moura running off the flanks, I think Giroud would be a good fit.”
While O’Hara admitted that Giroud’s Arsenal and Chelsea connections could prove problematic for Spurs fans, he insisted that supporters would take to him as long the French international helped the club reach their targets this season.
He added, “Listen, it’s always an issue (Giroud’s Arsenal past) and I guess some fans will have an issue with it.
“But if he gets us in the top four and he helps us perform, then why not?
“You’ve got to take away the sort of Arsenal-Tottenham fiasco that surrounds players… of course [you can take that away] because at the end of the day the club is bigger than any player.
“We need to make sure that if that player comes in and he helps gets Tottenham get into the top four, it’s going to be a great move.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I don’t think there is any chance of Chelsea selling Giroud to a direct rival. Besides, given his age, signing him will be a short term fix and we might thus be forced to add another striker in the next couple of windows. I would rather sign someone like Piatek who can be a long-term option for us.
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