West Ham make late move for Premier League striker

West Ham United have made a move to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on loan, according to the Daily Mail.

The Hammers’ options in the final third are shifting, with talk that Lucas Perez could be set for a move to German side Schalke and Javier Hernandez’s future unclear.

The report suggests that West Ham are one of a number of players to inquire over the availability of Giroud, who has not been first choice at Chelsea this season.

The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain at Stamford Bridge could open an opportunity for the Hammers, who have been reliant on Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson in the final third this season.

West Ham’s form has been largely inconsistent this season, with a win over Arsenal being followed up by some dreadful performances in the Premier League and FA Cup of late.

The Irons need to push on and finish in the top half this campaign, with Manuel Pellegrini surely keen to add quality to his squad before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Giroud would be an impressive addition for West Ham given his goalscoring record and calibre, but there appears to be a lot of work to do for the Frenchman to end up at the London Stadium.