Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud 'wanted by rivals Tottenham and West Ham in January transfer' with striker eyeing move

TOTTENHAM and West Ham are among the teams reportedly tracking Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

The French forward scored the late winner in Tuesday's beating of Rennes as he continues to be used off the bench.

Frank Lampard heaped praise on Giroud, 34, after the victory but speculation continues to mount over his future.

According to CalcioMercato, Spurs and West Ham are joined by Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Inter Miami in tracking the striker.

Giroud was tipped to leave Chelsea in the summer but hit form late on last season, earning a new 12-month contract.

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Once again, he is reportedly keen on making a January move to ensure his spot in France's Euro 2020 squad.

Lampard has spoken of his hopes of keeping the player, accepting before the midweek win that he will 'cross the January bridge when he comes to it'.

After the match, he said: "The things behind the scenes, everybody kind of feels from the outside to be fair what a great professional he is and how highly regarded he is by his team-mates and myself.

"So for him to get a goal, you saw the reaction of his team-mates, he's so professional in how he trains and looks after himself that age isn't even a factor for him.

"He's getting better with age if anything in terms of how he looks after himself.

"So he offers a lot for us and I keep saying it but the big schedule coming up and the way we play means I will rely on players.

"So thankfully for me he's a player that always keeps the right attitude if he's not playing regularly, and I know when I call upon him that he comes in as he did today."

Tottenham signed Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius on loan in the summer to provide competition for Harry Kane.

Meanwhile, West Ham welcomed Sebastian Haller back to the scoring charts with a stunning winner at Sheffield United last time out.

And Inter have been linked with Chelsea star N'Golo Kante with former boss Antonio Conte keen to continue his raid on Premier League stars.

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