​West Ham are ready to break their transfer record to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to reports.


With Arsenal reportedly pursuing a deal for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud could leave the Emirates after starting just 11 Premier League games during the 2016-17 season, with Alexis Sanchez preferred to the Frenchman up front.

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The Hammers are in need of a striker and Giroud would provide an injury-free alternative to Andy Carroll, who managed seven league goals in 18 appearances, but a deal would require West Ham to part with up to £20m and wages of £130k-a-week, according to the Mirror.


Giroud only signed a new contract at Arsenal in January, which took his weekly earnings up to £120k-a-week and runs until 2020, but West Ham are ready to improve on that in order to lure the former Montpellier forward to the London Stadium.

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West Ham face competition for Giroud's signature from Ligue 1 sides Lyon and Marseille, but neither of the French teams are likely to be able to match Slaven Bilic's offer, with Giroud now facing a big decision regarding his future.


The 30-year-old will be well aware of next year's World Cup and will realise he needs a season full of consistent appearances, something he may not be guaranteed if he stays at Arsenal due to the potential presence of Lacazette.

Giroud struggled for starts last season, especially towards the end of the campaign as Arsene Wenger opted for a three-man defence in a new formation and played Sanchez up front, with Giroud featuring frequently from the bench.