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.

Giroud opted to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place, but speaking to French outlet Canal Plus, as covered by RMC Sport, the experienced forward admitted that he was close to joining Everton.

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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.

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