Chelsea transfer news: West Ham favourites to sign Olivier Giroud after warning from France boss

WEST HAM have emerged as favourites to sign Chelsea star Olivier Giroud.

The 34-year-old is struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge and he has been warned by French boss Didier Deschamps he will need a transfer in order to keep his place in the France squad.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has only given Giroud just 33 minutes of Premier League football so far this season.

Paddy Power have the Irons as 4/1 favourites to sign the target man, to bolster David Moyes' attacking options.

The forward could look to return to France, with PSG as the second favourites to become Giroud's next club at 6/1.

Giroud is 8/1 to return to Montpellier, which is where he played before signing for Arsenal in 2012.

But the bookies predict West Ham could face Premier League competition from Crystal Palace, with the Eagles at 9/1 to secure his signature.

Olivier Giroud next club odds – Paddy Power

  • West Ham: 4/1
  • PSG: 6/1
  • Montpellier: 8/1
  • Crystal Palace: 9/1
  • Lyon: 10/1
  • Fulham: 11/1
  • Sheffield Utd: 12/1
  • Any MLS Club: 14/1
  • Real Madrid: 25/1

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Since Timo Werner's arrival to Chelsea, Giroud has slipped further down the pecking order, finding himself also behind Tammy Abraham.

And France boss Deschamps is hoping Giroud will seek more playing time in January.

He said: "The situation is not good for him. It is for him to see, he will decide.

“But in terms of the France team, psychologically and physically for him, he has every interest in having playing time.

"I hope that by January he will have more playing time.

“After that, he will stay [in the squad] or he won’t. He knows what I think about it, I told him, although I don't forget what he can do and what he might be able to do again."

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