Everton Take One Step Closer to Signing Olivier Giroud After Marseille Boss Rules Out Approach

Monday July 24th, 2017

​Marseille boss Rudi Garcia has given Everton renewed hope of signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, by suggesting his side won't be approaching the Frenchman. 

Giroud's future has been thrown into doubt recently, after the Gunners broke their transfer record to sign fellow national teammate Alexandre Lacazette for £46.5m. 

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The 30-year-old endured a difficult season last year, making only 11 Premier League starts - although his attacking ability shone through, as he still netted 12 league goals. 

But his lack of playing time has put him on the radar for a number of European clubs, including Everton and Marseille. 

However, Everton are surely now favourites for his signature, as ​Le Dauphine report that Marseille boss Garcia isn't hopeful of bringing the powerful forward to the club. 

Garcia said following his side's 2-1 pre-season victory over Sporting CP: "Don't dream guys, he will not come." 

Ronald Koeman's side are still looking to bring in another forward this summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone both departing - alongside Enner Valencia's loan deal ending. 

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The Toffees have already brought in Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney, but they are determined to add to more new faces before the window shuts. 

West Ham have also been linked with a move for the 30-year-old, but their pursuit of Mexican Javier Hernandez looks to be a success, leaving Koeman's men as the front-runners. 

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