Chelsea have been given a huge boost in their efforts to keep Olivier Giroud beyond the January transfer window, as it has emerged that the striker’s talks with Juventus have ended abruptly. Andrea Pirlo confirmed Juventus’ interest in the World Cup winner a few weeks ago. However, the reluctance of the Turin-based club to offer more than six months for the striker appears to have stalled the deal, according to Daily Mail.

The Italian champions were keen on signing the striker, who is available on a free in the summer. Giroud’s contract with Chelsea runs out in six months and he is now free to talk with clubs from outside the UK.

Incredibly, Giroud is still the joint top spot at Chelsea despite having played far less of games than the likes of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

Giroud has frequently stated that he does not like to be left out of the starting line-up on a regular basis. However, Giroud has become a favourite amongst players for his remarkable professionalism even amongst these difficult times. At 34 years of age, Giroud is not getting any younger but he wants to keep going until the 2022 World Cup. The Frenchman played an integral role in helping his team win the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Even though he would be 35 years old by the time the Qatar World Cup kicks off, the former Arsenal striker remains confident that he can still play a part.

For this reason, Giroud is reportedly looking at an 18-month contract from interested clubs. West Ham have emerged as a surprise candidate for his signature. The Hammers are level on points with Chelsea in the table, but they have been among the lowest scorers in the top 10 places. The signing of Giroud will be a huge boost to West Ham’s top six ambitions.

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