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HAMMERS SET TO LAND RECORD-BREAKING DEAL FOR GIROUD

West Ham United are set to spend big money on Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, with the Telegraph saying that they are “ready to make the France international the most expensive player in their history.”

But whether or not a move goes through will depend on the success — or otherwise — of Arsenal’s £49 million bid for Alexandre Lacazette.

With the Gunners keen to wrap up a deal for the Lyon forward, manager Arsene Wenger “knows Giroud wants regular first-team football ahead of next summer’s World Cup.”

The report adds that Arsenal “are likely to be open” to selling him if they can wrap up a move for Lacazette, and says West Ham “would like to make Giroud the attacking centerpiece” of their window business.

The east London club “are understood to be willing to match or even marginally exceed Giroud’s £120,000-a-week salary and pay a transfer fee of around £20m,” the Telegraph says.

It is also reported that Wenger is ready to listen to talks about the striker’s future.

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