Aulas comments suggest West Ham may have to wait for Olivier Giroud

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their third goal

West Ham United and Lyon have been linked with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the summer transfer window.

West Ham United are interested in signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in the summer transfer window, according to The Mirror.

It has been reported that West Ham are willing to pay £20 million as transfer fee to Arsenal in order to secure the services of Giroud.

The Hammers are also claimed to be ready to pay £130,000 per week as salary to the France international striker, who reportedly earns £120,000 a week at the Gunners.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud during the press conference

West Ham seems to be determined to sign the 30-year-old striker this summer, but the London club may have to wait.

In fact, there is a chance that Slaven Bilic’s side may not be able to convince the former Montpeller striker to make the switch to the Hammers at all.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has commented on his interest in Giroud, suggesting that Arsenal want him to remain at the Emirates Stadium.

Aulas has also revealed that the France international striker wants to take his time before making a decision on his future.

"Arsenal want to keep [Giroud]," The London Evening Standard quotes Aulas as saying about Giroud. "We don’t want to stockpile forwards.”

"He told me personally that he wanted to take his time, that things were not completely defined with Arsenal, that he had a secret hope that he would be the number one striker next season,” added Aulas about his conversation with Giroud.

"The key is Arsene Wenger. We are watching. We will try to very quickly sign a top European attacker."

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud looks dejected

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