By Sean Makin

West Ham United have decided to end their interest in Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud after being told they were not the Frenchman’s first choice, according to Sky Sports.

The Gunners man is reportedly attracting interest from all over Europe after admitting that his future may lie away from the Emirates Stadium following the North London side completing the club-record signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

West Ham are in the market for a striker this summer and it seemed the France international was the number one target for manager Slaven Bilic, but they will seemingly now turn their attention elsewhere.

The Hammers have been linked with a host of other attackers including Kelechi Iheanacho, Javier Hernandez, Anthony Modeste and Cedric Bakambu in recent weeks.

West Ham are also hoping they can get deals for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic over the line.

Bolstering the striking department seems to be a priority for Bilic’s men this summer considering their lack of goals last season. Winger Michail Antonio finished as the club’s top scorer in 2016-17 with nine goals while Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew found the net just 14 times between them.

The Senegalese forward’s season was wiped out due to a back injury that saw him play just four times and the England international continues to be plagued by knee and groin problems, limiting him to just 18 Premier League outings last term.

West Ham had a frustrating season in 2016-17 that culminated with an 11th-place finish in the Premier League – an anti-climax after the much-anticipated move to the London Stadium.

There will be higher hopes among the Hammers faithful for the upcoming campaign, but a new centre forward is seemingly a per-requisite if the side are to break into the top half.

Audacious attempts to sign a number of high-profile strikers proved unsuccessful last summer and it remains to be seen who West Ham will turn their attention to next after distancing themselves from Giroud.


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