Arsenal close on Giroud

PA Sport

Arsenal are closing in on France striker Olivier Giroud, according to his club Montpellier.

The 25-year-old scored 25 goals last season to help Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title, igniting the interest of several top clubs.

But Montpellier manager Rene Girard insists it is Gunners manager Arsene Wenger who is leading the chase, and told French radio station RMC: "Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them."

Giroud is to consider his future after Euro 2012 with Arsenal favourites to make their second signing of the summer following the acquisition of Germany marksman Lukas Podolski.

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