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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is the latest player to have caught the attention of Chelsea as they attempt to add a target man to Antonio Conte’s squad before the transfer window slams shut, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Blues are considering making a move for the France international, who has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

Giroud, aged 31, has been touted a possible makeweight in any deal to bring Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, but the chances of that happening are very slim.

Chelsea is in advanced talks with Roma striker Edin Dzeko and has already had a joint-bid for him and team-mate Emerson Palmieri accepted by the Italian outfit.

The former Manchester City man is believed to want assurances of enough playing time at the Stamford Bridge before agreeing to make the move, so Giroud is being considered as an alternative option.

West Ham United’s Andy Carroll, Stoke City’s Peter Crouch, and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes have all been linked with goal-shy Chelsea this month.