Potential Tottenham and Arsenal target Olivier Giroud could be available for £10 million this summer, according to the Evening Standard.
Giroud has exploded onto the scene this season as Montpellier maintain their surprise Ligue 1 title challenge.
The 25-year-old has bagged 17 goals this season in just 25 appearances to make him French football’s top scorer, while he also hit the back of the net in France’s 2-1 victory over Germany in Bremen last month.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp revealed earlier this week that he had ‘read many good reports’ about the striker from his scouts in France who have watched the Montpellier man in action, and could step up his interest in the player at the end of the season.
The Standard reports that Giroud has a clause in his contract that would allow him to be sold for £10 million this summer, although that figure could hinge on his performances at the European Championships in June.
The north London side have been assessing their striking options for some time now as they continue to discuss a permanent deal with Emmanuel Adebayor, who is currently on loan from Manchester City.
Redknapp has repeatedly expressed his desire to secure the services of Loic Remy having attempted to land the Marseille forward during the January transfer window, while Brazilan forwards Leandro Damiao, who was reportedly the subject of a £20 million Spurs bid recently, and Ganso have also been linked with a move to White Hart Lane.
With Roman Pavlyuchenko leaving the club in the January transfer window Spurs were forced to bring in Louis Saha on a short-term deal, and now they appear keen to land a big-name signing to bolster their attack for next season, especially if a deal with Adebayor can't be done.
With a potential Champions League campaign to consider next season Spurs appear to be preparing to spend big over the summer, with Eden Hazard and Jan Vertonghen said to be on Redknapp's hit list along with a front-line striker.
Giroud may represent a cheaper alternative to Remy, who will cost in excess of £18 million after Spurs reportedly had a bid of that figure turned down in January, while both Damiao and Ganso have attracted serious interest from elsewhere.
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Giroud in the past, however the impending arrival of Lukas Podolski means Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is unlikely to delve into the transfer market for more options in attack over the summer.