Striker admits he was ‘so determined to leave’ that he nearly joined Spurs

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Olivier Giroud has opened up on how close he came to joining Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window.

The French international struggled for game time at Chelsea in the build up to the transfer window and was hoping that the club could land a forward which would put him in a position to leave the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Tottenham were seeking a striker after Harry Kane tore his hamstring on New Year’s Day with Giroud said to have been on the club’s radar.

Giroud admitted that he had offers to leave the former Premier League champions with interest from Lazio, Inter Milan and Tottenham.

The former Arsenal player admitted in an interview with French news outlet Telefoot in March that Frank Lampard blocked his opportunity to leave with Inter proving to be the most attractive option to him.

Giroud ended up remaining at Chelsea and came to haunt Tottenham when he scored during their 2-1 victory against Jose Mourinho’s side which would have seen Spurs move into fourth place at the expense of their rivals had they won the fixture.

‘During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me,’ he told So Foot, as reported by Goal.

‘For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter… I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!’

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