In Focus: Everton should be patient with Giroud

Everton are pushing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for an answer on a potential £25m move to Goodison Park, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

The Frenchman has emerged as Everton’s top target to lead the line this season.

West Ham United and Marseille have also been linked to his signature, but the Toffees are leading the chase.

The Mirror reports that the Merseyside outfit will demand an answer this week from Giroud, who is believed to be waiting to see whether or not he will have a key part to play at Arsenal this season.

The striker had to settle for a bit-part role in the 2016-17 campaign, starting just 11 Premier League games and coming off the bench in a further 18.

If he moves to Goodison Park, the 30-year-old is likely to be a regular in the first XI.

How patient should Everton be?

It is understandable that the club want to move things along swiftly considering that the season starts next week.

Everton were the fastest out of the blocks with regards to Premier League transfer spending in this window, and it makes sense to have your best XI ready at the beginning of the campaign.

However, Giroud would be a great addition to Ronald Koeman’s team, so if it takes longer to get a deal over the line, it is worth the wait.

The Frenchman may not be the most mobile or quickest of strikers, but he has an eye for goal and ability to link up well with teammates.

Giroud is a decent target man in the box and as well as scoring goals – he netted 16 in all competitions last season – he creates them as well.

The former Montpellier forward has provided 23 assists in the Premier League alone since joining Arsenal in 2012.