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Sam Allardyce reveals the bizarre reason which is stopping Olivier Giroud joining Everton

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It has been made no secret that Everton have been pursuing the signature of Olivier Giroud for some time.

After losing Romelu Lukaku in the summer, it was made quickly apparent that Everton wanted the Arsenal striker to be their new number nine.

But after much speculation, Giroud decided to stay in London for at least another transfer window.

The Frenchman later explained how close he was to signing for the Merseyside club, stating in October: "I had the opportunity to leave. I was very close to another English club - Everton - but I think I made the best choice."

With Giroud struggling for minutes at Arsenal, he has been linked with another potential move away in January, with Everton again touted as a possible destination.

BUT SAM ALLARDYCE CLAIMS GIROUD WON'T JOIN EVERTON

Sam Allardyce has promised to spend in January, and it is believed a striker is his number one priority.

But the former Bolton manager claimed that even if Giroud were available, he would not want to leave for Merseyside, claiming that his wife is the catalyst for why he will not play for the club.

When asked whether he would try to sign the club will attempt to sign the Arsenal forward again in January, Allardyce claimed: "I wouldn't have thought (Giroud would move) because he refused to come last time.

"He doesn't want to move north of London, I don't think.

"As far as I know he doesn't want to move north of Watford, well his wife doesn't want to anyway. It's very important to the wives, believe you me. Normally they are the bosses."

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LATEST INJURY MAY SCUPPER GIROUD'S TRANSFER PLANS

The Frenchman has started just once in the Premier League this season, and it is believed he would contemplate a move away in order to get first team football; something he needs to force his way into France's World Cup squad.

However, having suffered a hamstring injury against West Ham last week, it is feared that Giroud will be out of action until February.

Whether interested clubs will be put off by his latest injury remains to be seen.

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