Arsenal's Giroud Ruled Out - Rooney Stepped Up?
Rumours of interest in Olivier Giroud look as if they'll disappear as quickly as they appeared as the Frenchman has seemingly ruled out an exit from Arsenal this summer?
Everton, admittedly we are the easy club to mentioned in connection with most at the moment, were preparing a £20m move for Giroud as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, according to recent reports.
Responding to this speculation Giroud, 30, feels he's still to achieve his targets at Arsenal and is planning to remain a 'loyal warrior' to the North London club.
Giroud was quoted by the Arsenal Weekly podcast, via the Evening Standard: 'I won a few titles in my career, that is an important thing, but there is another thing which is important for me. And that's [that] the people [see you as a] loyal warrior on the pitch - that you always give your best for the team. And that's why I want to carry on my good journey at Arsenal and I always want to give my best. I would love to win another title, or maybe more until the end of my contract. The motivation is here, always doing your best to make your family proud.'
West Ham and Lyon have also been linked with Giroud, under contract at Arsenal until 2019.
Meanwhile, as had been claimed ahead of the confirmed deals for Sandro Ramirez and Michael Keane on Monday, Everton's interest in bringing Wayne Rooney back to Goodison Park has indeed been 'stepped up', according to the Times.
Rooney wants to come back to Merseyside after 13 years at Old Trafford and Everton are 'intent on adding' the forward, 31, to the list of signings, including Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and the double arrival on Monday.
The Times went on to claim the clubs have 'also been talking about Romelu Lukaku' who is still to seal his switch to Chelsea - the main stumbling block on any deal for Rooney remains his £250,000 a week wages.