Aston Villa make Olivier Giroud ‘approach’ after Danny Drinkwater transfer deal

Aston Villa have reportedly made an approach to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.

Boss Dean Smith is desperate to bring in another forward this month after seeing record signing Wesley ruled out for the season.

Giroud is expected to leave Stamford Bridge during this month’s transfer window but is believed to favour a move to Inter Milan.

The French World Cup winner finds himself third choice at Chelsea behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi and wants regular first team football.

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According to West London Sport , Villa boss Smith could look to land the 33-year-old, however it would have to be on a permanent basis.

That is because Villa signed Danny Drinkwater on loan from the Blues on Tuesday, meaning they cannot loan another Premier League player this month.

The midfielder, 29, recently completed an unsuccessful loan spell at Burnley.

He has failed to make an impact at Chelsea since a £40m move from Leicester and is not in Blues boss Frank Lampard ’s plans.

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Olivier Giroud is out of favour at Chelsea and is set to leave in January
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Aston Villa could turn their attentions to Olivier Giroud after signing Danny Drinkwater on loan
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Smith has been rocked by further injuries to first choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton and playmaker John McGinn over the festive period, as well as Wesley.

The club were not expected to do much business in the January transfer window but their hand has been forced.

And at least four new signings are expected to arrive with a wide player and forward the main priorities remaining now they have signed Drinkwater.

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Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2018 and has scored 19 goals in 70 appearances in all competitions.

He has scored 78 Premier League goals during his time in England and many believe he would be a great…