Everton will have to continue their search for a new striker as Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is set to miss out on a summer transfer target Olivier Giroud, with the frontman deciding fight over flight at Arsenal in a bid to claim back his regular first team slot, according to French news outlet le10sport.

The 30-year-old had been tipped with a move away from the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window after the arrival of club record signing Alexandre Lacazette, with the Blues one of a number of clubs linked with skilful talisman.

However, it seems the Gunners attacker is now keen to stay and impress Arsene Wenger as the North London club prepare for their first campaign without Champions League football for 20 years.

Giroud’s decision has thrown Koeman a slight curveball, in the fact the Dutchman has already stated more money will be spent in the coming weeks and it is expected that a striker is high on the agenda for the 54-year-old after losing key asset and Goodison Park top scorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United last month.

The Toffees have already splurged over £100million since the conclusion of the 2016/17 term on a number of much-needed reinforcements including a frontman, but it is unlikely that Sandro Ramirez will be able to fill the void left by the fan-adored Belgian superstar.

It remains to be seen however, whether the 64-times capped France international would have had the capabilities to do the job himself, with the Gunner only netting 16 times in all competitions last season compared to the 26 of the 24-year-old and providing two less assists whilst featuring in one more fixture than his fellow Premier League attacker.

But one thing that is for certain is Everton’s need to recruit another striker, with the club’s opening fixture in the form of the visit of Stoke City just over one week away and still no replacement for the free-scoring Lukaku.


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