The issue holding up Olivier Giroud’s move away from Chelsea amid Spurs and Newcastle interest

Olivier Giroud has made his desire to leave Chelsea plainly career since well before the transfer window opened and there has been no shortage of interest in him from clubs across England and Europe.

Yet he remains in West London with less than 36 hours remaining in the window and there is now a genuine possibility that he will see out the rest of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old has stated on a number of occasions that he merely wants to play and would have happily remain at Chelsea if there were more opportunities.

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But he is behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order and failed to impress in his last start against West Ham United in November.

Newcastle are the latest club to have shown an interest in the 33-year-old, along with reports linking him with a shock move to Tottenham Hotspur.

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There have also been of negotiations with Antonio Conte’s Internazionale and Lazio but the reality is he will only be allowed to leave if Chelsea can bring in an attacking replacement.

Frank Lampard has also made his desire to strengthen up top clear for some time because of such a reliance on Abraham, who is currently injured, and there have been enquiries made about various players, the latest being Napoli’s Dries Mertens.

If someone can be acquired, that will pave the way for Giroud to depart but expect it all to go down to the wire with Mertens not exactly certain to be swapping Naples for West London and talks over Edinson Cavani currently stalled.