Arsenal set to sign Olivier Giroud for £12m from Montpellier
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Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Montpellier striker and France international Olivier Giroud for £12m.
He will have a medical and paperwork will be completed after Euro 2012.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger intends to play him alongside fellow new signing Lukas Podolski and Dutch striker Robin van Persie in a front three.
The 6ft 3in forward, who was an unused substitute in France's 1-1 Euro 2012 draw with England, scored 21 goals in his club's run to the Ligue 1 title.
Giroud is one of only two recognised strikers in the French squad, alongside Karim Benzema. He has six caps for his country and one goal.
Earlier this week, Montpellier manager Rene Girard told French radio station RMC that Wenger was leading a chase of top sides for the striker, who became his club's record transfer two years ago when he cost them £1.7m.
"Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England. If Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them," he said.
If RVP goes it won't be as bad as everyone thinks, he had a remarkable season but was probably a one-off. Arsenal will be stronger next season - and I don't even support them.
£10+m for a striker that's scored 20+ goals in a season, yes please.
Also, £35m for Andy Carroll, £50m for Torres....
£24million for Podolski and Giroud....
Just because Wenger isn't paying stupid money for a player doesn't mean they'll flop.
Anyway, hope this deal goes through. Looking forward to watching him in the EPL.
Looks like Arsene isn't going to the let demons of last year repeat themselves! Let's hope the team make a solid start so Arsenal can put up a good challenge this coming season!
The squad is looking stronger and stronger...Podoski, Giroud..who else is on the shopping list ?
Sell RVP, Arshavin, Chamack, Squillachi, Diaby, and buy Giroud and M'Villa and Arsenal will have made money and have a better squad. Wilshire's coming back, the defence is solid, though they could do with a right back. Arsenal would be unbeatable with M'Villa.
Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny/Mertesacker,Gibbs
Song, Arteta, Wilshere
RVP, Giroud, Podolski
Of course there is flexibility here but I think that's a good team with strength on the bench, thoughts anyone?
We have too many forwards who don't score enough (Gervinho), too many forwards period. Get help for Song in the defensive middle and another full-back. Maybe look someplace other than France.
What would you suggest, £50 million for a player like Torres? Do you think all clubs have the same amount of money as Chelsea and City? How much do you think Chelsea paid for Hazzard (A player from the same league as Chamakh) on a transfer and wages?