Olivier Giroud suggests Jamie Vardy is keen on proposed Arsenal move

In a brief interview with Sky Sports after France's 3-0 victory over Scotland on Saturday evening, the forward said he'd been told that Jamie Vardy wants to join Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud suggests Jamie Vardy is keen on proposed Arsenal move
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After rumours were harmlessly dismissed a few weeks ago, Arsenal's proposed move to activate Jamie Vardy's release clause (£20m) has reportedly been triggered - with the Leicester City forward seemingly on the verge of a move to the Emirates.

Reports suggest Vardy's move could be imminent

The story has accelerated rapidly in the past 48 hours and Giroud, who scored a well-taken brace in France's final warm-up fixture against Scotland before they kick off the European Championships next Friday, said that he's "excited" about the prospect of linking up with Vardy next term.

Giroud (pictured, no.9) celebrates one of his two goals against Scotland - he has divided national opinion over his selection. | Photo: Getty
Giroud (pictured, no.9) celebrates one of his two goals against Scotland - he has divided national opinion over his selection. | Photo: Getty

When asked, Giroud said it's "very good news for us [the club]", and that's "all I can say". Vardy - who netted 24 goals and created 6 assists in the league last season, has been described as a "fantastic player" by Giroud, so the links surrounding his future is "good news" as far as the north Londoners are concerned, according to the Frenchman.

Giroud welcomes attacking competition for starting spot

On the prospect of Vardy's arrival signalling competition for the striker role at the Emirates, Giroud said he's "happy with competition", something that he previously stated on a number of occasions. Giroud himself will turn 30-years-old at the end of September, and questions are continually asked: is he good enough to fire the Gunners to a league title? So far, that has not been the case - largely due to spells of inconsistency. 

Vardy, currently on international duty with England, was ineffective against Portugal on Thursday - largely as teammates failed to play to his strengths. | Photo: Getty
Vardy, currently on international duty with England, featured against Portugal on Thursday in the Three Lions' final warm-up fixture. | Photo: Getty

"We have always had fantastic strikers at Arsenal and I want the best for this club. Hopefully he is going to help us win this [Premier League] title."

Quotes' source: Sky Sports