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Everton to ramp up striker search this week

Olivier Giroud reportedly top of Koeman’s shopping list now

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Olivier Giroud up against Phil Jagielka
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Take this for what it’s worth considering the source, but the Mirror are reporting that this week could prove make-or-break for Everton’s chase of Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman is yet to clarify whether he will stay or Arsenal this season or not, after the Gunners made a big-money addition in striker Alexandre Lacazette. Giroud saw limited starting time in the frontline last season with Alexis Sanchez often getting the nod, and has already expressed his dissatisfaction.

Everton find themselves with a vertically-challenged forward corps, and the addition of Giroud would provide some much-needed aerial prowess in the opposing box. The number being thrown around is £25m for the striker, which is on the steep side but yet almost critical for Everton, especially if the Blues finally close out the chapter on the Icelandic saga of signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Mirror goes on to report Koeman’s quote from last week stating that he’s still looking for at least three new faces, speculating that those will be Sigurdsson, Giroud and a left back to back up Leighton Baines.