The future of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud continues to be the subject of much speculation with less than 72 hours remaining in the January transfer window.
The Frenchman has found his opportunities limited under Frank Lampard so far this season, making just seven appearances for the Blues in all competitions.
As such, he has been strongly linked with a move away from west London, with France boss Didier Deschamps urging Giroud to move to get first team football ahead of the European Championships this summer.
Inter Milan have been heavily linked with the former Arsenal striker, while Aston Villa and Newcastle United were also linked earlier in the window.
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But now, Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham are being strongly linked with the Frenchman as Jose Mourinho continues to look to add another option up front, with top goalscorer Harry Kane currently sidelined until at least April through injury.
Spurs are reported to have identified Giroud as a target in the final few days of the window, with Tottenham yet to agree a deal with AC Milan for Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek.
And reports in Italy suggest that a potential deal for Chelsea to sign Belgian forward Dries Mertens could have a big impact on Giroud’s future.
Dries Mertens in action for Napoli against Genk in the Champions League.
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The Blues have been strongly linked with signing the Belgian and online bookmaker 888sport suspended their market on Mertens joining Chelsea after a flurry of bets earlier today.
If Chelsea can strike a deal with Napoli to sign Mertens before the transfer deadline, it could pave the way for Giroud to leave.
Blues head coach Frank Lampard recently confirmed that Chelsea had been contacted about Giroud by other clubs, although he has stressed…