According to The Daily Express, Tottenham remain interested in signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud this summer.
The France international was linked with a move to north London back in the January transfer window, but a move failed to materialise by the end of the deadline.
Now, The Daily Express claim that Jose Mourinho remains keen on the striker, with the likes of Spurs, Inter and Lazio all “not giving up hope” of luring him away from Chelsea this summer.
The report adds however that Frank Lampard’s side would be “reluctant” to sell to one of their closest rivals.
After failing to bring in a new striker for Mourinho to help ease the pain of losing Harry Kane to injury, Daniel Levy has the perfect chance to redeem himself by getting Giroud in the second time around.
Spurs badly struggled in Kane’s absence in the Premier League, with the Lilywhites winning just three out of the eight top-flight games that he missed.
And when Mourinho’s side took on Chelsea back in February, Giroud showed Spurs first-hand what they missed out on a month earlier. Aside from his well-taken goal, the Frenchman was his usual handful, and bullied both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the north London side’s back three.
As per Sofascore, he won seven out of his ten duels in the air, and fired off four shots on goal. Vertonghen and Alderweireld on the other hand endured disastrous games, losing ten of their 20 total duels, and losing possession a combined 21 times.
Giroud – a towering presence at 6 foot 4 – would slot in seamlessly at Spurs as someone to play second fiddle to Kane, or as a genuine Premier League proven option to start games. Either way, Levy would surely have taken notice of how the former Arsenal man acted as a battering ram in the Lilywhites’ defeat to Chelsea a couple of months ago, and must take the chance to correct his January mistake by signing him this summer.