Arsenal face Giroud challenge from Premier League rivals

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Arsenal could miss out on the signing of Olivier Giroud as QPR launched an audacious bid to land the highly rated forward, according to the Daily Mail.

Giroud burst on to the scene last season as he helped Montpellier secure their maiden Ligue 1 title, establishing himself as the divisions joint-leading scorer in the process.

Arsenal have led the way for his signature for some time and could be preparing to make a move once he is finished with France at Euro 2012, but QPR are hoping to avoid a relegation scrap next once more next season by spending big – and have identified Giroud as their number one target.

Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin recently revealed that he believes Giroud is worth £50million but the forward is believed to have a £12.8m release clause in his contract.

The Daily Mail reports that QPR are in the market for a top class goal scorer, something manager Mark Hughes is prepared to spend big on.

Tottenham were also briefly believed to be in the running for Giroud but their attention appears to be on landing his international team-mate Loic Remy, who could soon make the switch to White Hart Lane.

Despite QPR’s interest should Arsenal decide to firm up their interest with an offer later this summer, Giroud is likely to be more tempted by a switch to the Emirates than Loftus Road.

The player himself admitted last month that he could leave Montpellier this summer, but insisted that he was focusing on Euro 2012 before considering his future.

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