Dean Saunders comments on Everton nearly signing Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in London, England.

Everton were linked with Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window.

Dean Saunders, the Wolves manager, looks on during the npower Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City at Molineux on April 16, 2013 in Wolverhampton, England.

Dean Saunders has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 11th December, that Everton’s season would have been a lot different if Olivier Giroud was playing up-front for them.

Everton were interested in signing Giroud in the summer transfer window, but they failed to get a deal over the line for the Arsenal forward.

Giroud has since been only handed a reserve role at Arsenal, but he has continued to score this term.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates his sides second gol during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.

The French international forward netted a late equaliser in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend.

And Saunders claims that if Giroud had signed for Everton then they would not be struggling, like they are.

Saunders said: “I think if Everton signed him, they wouldn’t be in the mess they’re in.”

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in...

Everton have been in disappointing form this season, and currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League table.

The Toffees have improved of late, but they are still struggling to find a prolific scorer.

Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have played up-front for Everton this season, but neither of the pair have hit the back of the net frequently.

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