A report by The Mirror earlier this month suggested that West Ham United are keen to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window, and it would obviously have big consequences for what their starting XI would like.
If a deal did it get done the Irons would be getting a centre-forward who led the line for his country France as they won the World Cup in Russia this summer, and he would therefore arrive at the London Stadium expecting to start every game.
Of course, Marko Arnautovic would have something to say about that given he has been such a success since switching into that role under David Moyes last term, and it seems unlikely manager Manuel Pellegrini would chance away from the 4-3-3 formation that has proved to be their most effective system so far this season.
With Giroud’s contract at Stamford Bridge expiring at the end of the current campaign as well as the fact he is 32 years of age, he could be brought in for a reasonable fee and it appears to be something Pellegrini wants with continued doubts over both Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez.
We decided to ask West Ham supporters to vote on our poll to ask them who they thought would start in the striker role if the Hammers signed the former Arsenal man, but in a bemusing set of results given his pedigree, just 34% thought he would get the nod over Arnautovic, as you can see from the results below.
That is perhaps less surprising given the Austria international is a huge fans’ favourite, but even if Giroud did sign the popular 29-year-old would still be starting – but just back out wide.