CHELSEA outcast Olivier Giroud is reportedly wanted by MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.
Sportsnet650 claims the World Cup winner, 33, is being lined up for a move to the other side of the Atlantic after losing his place in Chelsea’s starting XI.
1 Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud is being lined up for a move to the MLSCredit: Getty Images
Tammy Abraham has been Frank Lampard’s first-choice striker this season, and tops the Premier League goalscoring charts with eight strikes.
That’s led to Giroud featuring in just five games this term, a far cry from the 45 matches he played in under Maurizio Sarri.
Giroud extended his contract with the Blues just a week before their Europa League final win over Arsenal on the basis that he would be playing in even more games.
But with Crystal Palace target Michy Batshuayi also knocking on Lampard’s door for chances, Giroud could decide to pack his bags sooner rather than later.
It’s reckoned the Whitecaps have already made an audacious move for the former Gunners ace.
But Giroud is not interested in moving his family to the Canadian side.
And he instead wants to go to either Los Angeles or New York, although Miami, Washington and Chicago are also tempting.
Giroud recently told RMC Sport that he was open to an American switch, saying: “The MLS for my family? My children who speak English? It’s interesting.
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“In a year? In two? I do not know when. But of course I will be open to a final challenge.”
The Whitecaps finished bottom of the Western Conference this season, 38 points off winners LAFC.
New York City won the Eastern Conference, while the likes of Wayne Rooney’s DC United and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy both qualified for the final series play-offs.