Crystal Palace reportedly ready to offer Olivier Giroud January Chelsea escape route

Reports across the English media this afternoon suggest that Crystal Palace are eyeing a January swoop for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea stint

33-year-old hitman Giroud has been on the books at Stamford Bridge since January of last year.

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal pushed the Frenchman further down the attacking pecking order of the Gunners, Chelsea swooped to secure Giroud’s signature on deadline day.

The veteran has since gone on to rotate in-and-out of the Blues’ starting XI, amid a number of changes in management.

Giroud’s most telling contribution to the Chelsea cause came last season in Europe, when the World Cup winner notched a hugely-impressive 11 goals and 4 assists en route to Europa League glory.

Palace switch?

To this point in the current campaign, though, Giroud has majorly struggled for game-time.

New Pensioners boss Frank Lampard has settled firmly on Tammy Abraham as his first-choice centre-forward, with Michy Batshuayi now seemingly also ahead of Giroud in the attacking pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

This has seen the former Arsenal man notch just a solitary start across all competitions thus far in 2019/20.

And, as per reports from the likes of the Sun and TeamTalk this afternoon, one of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals are keen to take advantage of Giroud’s struggles with an audacious January swoop for the powerful hitman.

The outfit in question, meanwhile, are Crystal Palace.

The Eagles are said to be on the lookout for reinforcements up top in January, with Giroud, with his proven Premier League pedigree, viewed as an ideal addition.

The Frenchman’s contract at Stamford Bridge, for clarification, is due to expire next summer. This means that Palace could potentially snap Giroud up at a cut-price fee following the turn of the year.

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