Valencia are considering Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Roberto Soldado, according to reports in Spain

Giroud only joined Arsenal for £12million from Montpellier last summer, and the Frenchman had a decent first season with the Gunners, scoring 17 goals and providing 11 assists in 47 appearances.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez all summer, and the north London club have had bids turned down for the Uruguayan international.

Suarez's arrival at Arsenal could limit first team opportunities for Giroud, and Arsenal have other attacking options such as Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott. It all means Giroud could fall further down the pecking order.

Valencia could offer Giroud a route out of Arsenal. Cadena Ser claims the Spanish club are set to lose Soldado for £26million, and are lining up possible replacements.

Soldado has scored over 20 goals in his past three seasons at Valencia and the Spanish club need at least one striker to fill the void.

The La Liga outfit have already agreed a deal for Real Zaragoza striker Helder Postiga, and are now chasing Brazilian Fred and Frenchman Giroud.

Giroud is in a similar mould to Soldado. He is tall, can hold the ball up and be a goalscorer.

The 26-year-old may consider leaving Arsenal if Suarez does indeed arrive at the Emirates Stardium and Giroud is relegated to the bench.

A move to Valencia will guarantee Giroud a regular place in a very important year for the striker. The World Cup is on the horizon and the Frenchman will want to cement a place in the Les Bleus national side.


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