The future of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is uncertain.
With just a matter of hours left to complete any deals, the Frenchman has been one of the Chelsea players most heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the window.
A move to Italy with Inter Milan seemed the most likely option, but that deal appeared to fall through, leaving the striker having to assess other options.
Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Giroud, but will he still be at Stamford Bridge this time tomorrow?
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Below, we take a look at the latest on the striker’s future.
Newcastle want loan deal
Giroud is not short of admirers in the Premier League, with Newcastle one of the clubs interested in signing the 33-year-old.
Steve Bruce’s Magpies have struggled for goals this season amid a number of injury problems within the squad.
The Telegraph reports that Newcastle are keen to sign Giroud on loan, and that the Magpies made contact with Chelsea last week to discuss the possibility of signing the Frenchman on a short-term basis.
Olivier Giroud warms up before Chelsea’s FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest but he was an unused substitute.
(Image: Robin Jones/Getty Images)
However, the report states that Chelsea will not allow him to leave unless the Blues can bring in a replacement.
Aston Villa interest
Newcastle are not the only club reportedly interested in signing the former Arsenal striker.
The Daily Star reports that Aston Villa have made Giroud their top transfer target for January, following a serious injury to striker Wesley.
He has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage against Burnley on New Year’s Day, with The Athletic reporting that Giroud is on the radar for the Midlands side.