With Everton having confirmed the sale of star striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United this summer, Ronald Koeman’s men will have a big job on their hands to replace the hotshot Belgian forward.
The Goodison Park side have already added Sandro Ramirez to their group and brought Wayne Rooney back to his boyhood club, but another number nine will surely be brought to the Merseyside club in an attempt to minimise the impact of the departing man’s influence.
A host of betting apps for android have Everton as the favourites to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal this summer, with Sky Bet giving odds of 5/4 for the France international to move to the Toffees – the shortest of any of the striker’s suitors.
Most bookmakers have transfer odds on expected moves this summer, in what is an alternative way for those betting on football to make some shrewd wagers.
Giroud is looking increasingly likely to end up at Everton, with apps on your mobile the phone the easiest way to keep up to date with the latest odds.
With the Gunners splashing out on Alexander Lacazette in a club-record deal last week, the former Montpellier hitman looks likely to struggle for regular football and could leave the Emirates Stadium this summer as a result.
With a possible move to Everton clearly fancied by the bookmakers, what are the pros and cons for Koeman’s men in adding Giroud to their squad this summer?
On paper, Ramirez looks similar in style to Lukaku, with the former Malaga attacker liking to run in behind opposition defences and offering pace to his new employers.
As such, Giroud, who is more of a targetman and aerial threat, could give Everton a different option in leading the line and replace the power and stature that Lukaku’s exit would rob from the Toffees.
While the Belgium international was largely fielded as a lone striker for the Merseysiders in 2016-17, there remains doubts over the formation that Koeman will deploy next season.
Should he opt for three at the back, which he did on plenty of occasions last term, it would allow Everton the luxury of two strikers – possibly Giroud and Ramirez or Rooney together.
The pair could well form a dangerous duo, with the Frenchman’s ability to hold up the ball and the Spaniard’s movement looking like an ideal fit.
Giroud’s goal record for Arsenal has been strong in recent years and he has shown during various purple patches in North London that he can score in the Premier League on a regular basis.
Given football week-in, week-out at Goodison, the French forward could be an inspired signing for Everton as he looks to prove himself ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
No team likes selling their best player and when it happens the supporters demand a replacement that is deemed worthy of filling the outgoing man’s boots.
While Giroud is an international player with plenty of Premier League experience, many Everton fans may not be overly excited with their link to the French forward.
The centre forward has struggled for consistency at Arsenal and at times he has been guilty of going missing in the very biggest games.
Everton’s signings this summer so far have predominantly been younger players with real potential to progress, while in Giroud, at 30, the player will not improve much more and won’t have sell-on potential for the club.
Finally, should the Toffees continue with a lone striker and it is the Arsenal man to fill the role, they would lose the mobility and threat in behind opposition defences that Lukaku offered.