Arsenal lodge transfer bid for Frenchman

Arsenal are believed to have bid £6.5 million for France international striker Olivier Giroud, according to Mirror Football.

The forward hit 21 goals in 36 games for Montpellier this season to unexpectedly lead them to the Ligue 1 title, and will represent his country at Euro 2012.

Giroud has captured the attention of Arsene Wenger, who hopes to lure the attacker to the Emirates this summer to take the goal-scoring burden away from captain Robin van Persie.

Newcastle and Liverpool are also thought to be monitoring Giroud, who has a £12.8 million buyout clause in his contract.

If a straight cash deal does not persuade Montpellier to part with their star striker, Wenger is believed to be willing to offer misfit forward Marouane Chamakh to the deal, who looks set to leave the Premier League this summer anyway.

By Gareth McKnight

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