Manchester United is reportedly interested in signing Olivier Giroud.
Man United are looking to add additional firepower to their lineup in the January transfer window, but they have a certain type of player in mind who fits both their sporting and financial requirements.
Giroud has also emerged as an alternate choice for Erik ten Hag as the team considers a trade for Joao Felix.
The Times claims that they are considering the ex-Chelsea and Arsenal star due to Anthony Martial’s fitness issues and the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived in Saudi Arabia for his Al Nassr transfer last night.
When his current contract with AC Milan expires at the end of the current season, the 36-year-old is anticipating receiving an offer for a new one.
Ten Hag commented on the team’s striker problems:
“I think we have a good team when all the players are available.
“But with many games coming up, I think there is a need.
“But you need one who can have an impact, otherwise you are just burning money and you don’t strengthen the squad and it doesn’t help you.”
Utd currently holds the tenth-place spot in the Premier League for the category with 24 league goals scored this season.
With 11 goals across all competitions, a reborn Marcus Rashford has carried the brunt of the load this season.
Martial, who plays through the center, has only made six starts overall and four in the league.
United is in severe need of a stronger forward who meets the requirements the team is looking for.
Atletico Madrid’s Felix looks to be the major goal after missing out on a transfer for Cody Gakpo, but the £18.5 million price tag of a loan deal is a roadblock.
This suggests that Giroud, who had four goals in the World Cup, can receive a surprise offer.
Amad Diallo is now on loan at Sunderland, and Ten Hag has said he has “reservations” about summoning the talented winger back.
Despite his team’s problems, the 20-year-old has six goals in 20 appearances for the Black Cats, and Ten Hag wants Diallo to keep improving despite them.
“We consider everything but I have a little bit of reservation about that because I don’t want to stop the process.
“He has made really good progress there so I’m happy with that.
“But young players need experiences and when we decide for him to come back, he has to be a player who can compete for the starting XI or minimum to come on for a lot of games and make an impact.”
Prior to tonight’s match against Bournemouth, Ten Hag welcomed Jadon Sancho back to United, but he is still a ways away from being considered for the starting lineup.