Everton’s pursuit of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been well documented over the course of the last few months.
The Toffees hold a clear interest in the France international, and made moves to land the forward during the summer transfer window. Everton are yet to properly replace Romelu Lukaku, and Giroud was a man near the top of their wish list.
I had the opportunity to leave. I was very close to another English club, Everton. But I think I made the best choice.
The powerful ex-Montpellier forward has not been largely favoured by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this season. The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette has meant that Giroud has not had all that much of a look-in, and Danny Welbeck has also been preferred in recent times.
Everton are being linked with a January move for the 31-year-old centre forward.