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In Focus: West Ham move for Giroud and Walcott could be too ambitious

According to reports in the Daily Star, West Ham United are ready to launch a £50m bid for Arsenal duo Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Irons manager Slaven Bilic is keen to strengthen his attacking options this summer and the Daily Star reports that he is keen to bring in both Giroud and Walcott from the Gunners this summer.

The report adds that their futures at the Emirates are in doubt and Arsene Wenger would be willing to let them move to their London rivals as long as he signs replacements – he is eyeing deals for Monaco attacker Kylian Mbappe and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, which could push the pair further down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium next term.

How did the duo do last season?

Despite the fact that they were often frustrated at points during the season after finding themselves on the substitutes’ bench, the duo actually enjoyed positive campaigns in front of goal.

Giroud scored 16 goals and provided a further seven assists in 40 appearances in all competitions while Walcott netted 19 in 37 throughout the campaign despite starting the last seven games on the bench and with many of his other appearance coming on the wing.

Would they be good signings for West Ham?

They certainly would be, yes.

Both have shown during their time at Arsenal that even though they haven’t always been regulars in the starting line-up – like at times last season – they can both be prolific when it comes to goalscoring.

That is something that the Irons require after a disappointing opening campaign at the London Stadium and with consistent questions marks over the fitness of Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, which meant that Michail Antonio ended the season as the club’s top goalscorer.

In addition, Walcott is looking to fight his way back into the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup and Giroud will know that he needs to keep performing to keep his spot in the France side with the likes of Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele making huge impressions.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while it is clear that West Ham would want Giroud and Walcott if they had the opportunity, it is difficult to see them signing both – and Wenger being willing to let the pair go – especially for £50m.

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