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Everton scout insists club will sign £20m Giroud as Toffees prepare for Lukaku exit

Date Posted,July 5, 2017

An Everton scout is convinced the club will sign Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.

Carlo Jacomuzzi was speaking on an Italian radio station when he made the claim, adding that the Toffees are no longer interested in Duvan Zapata.

Everton were in Italy with a view to secure a move for the Serie A star, but have apparently cooled their interest in the Napoli front man.

Jacomuzzi says they are instead “going to sign Giroud for £20million” as the Gunners finalise a move for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

Giroud could leave the Emirates club this summer (Photo: Arsenal FC)

Speaking to Radio Crc, the scout dismissed the club’s interest in Zapata, saying: “Not anymore.

“We are going to sign Giroud for £20millon; a bargain compared to the €25million being asked for Zapata.”

Everton, who have already been very busy this transfer window, are keen to strengthen their attack ahead of next season.

Alexandre Lacazette is set to take Giroud’s place at Arsenal (Photo: AFP)

Star man Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave before the window slams shut next month, and Ronald Koeman sees Giroud as an adequate replacement for the Belgian.

That said, the Frenchman doesn’t seem overly keen on leaving the Emirates, despite Lacazette’s imminent arrival casting serious doubt on his future.

Speaking to Giroud said: “I won a few titles in my career, that is an important thing, but there is another thing which is important for me.

Ronald Koeman is keen to strengthen Everton’s attack ahead of next season (Photo: PA)

“And that’s 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.

Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave Everton in this transfer window (Photo: REUTERS)

“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.”

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