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Alexandre Lacazette Olivier Giroud

West Ham are no longer interested in signing Olivier Giroud, Sky sources understand.

Giroud and Lacazette's international rivalry has been dragged into the club arena and students of body language have had a festival following Arsenal's arrival in Australia, even divining insight from the slightly cross expression and folded arms Giroud displayed when standing alongside his countryman on the steps of Arsenal's tour plane for a photo opportunity.

Here, ESPN FC's correspondents and bloggers make their sales pitch as to why Giroud should choose the team they cover.

"His goalscoring rate for France and Arsenal is superb". It might be fair to question if Sturridge can remain fit, but with appearing a near certainty now that he will remain, Liverpool won't be moving for a top striker. You need a striker that, when you get stuck, you just toss it in there and he turns it into a goal.

Despite these short comings, West Ham are certainly looking to spend big this summer in order to strengthen for the new season, particularly after finishing outside of the top 10 last season. If you don't win the title, you'll at least finish higher than fourth. He's got pace and he's at a good age at 28.

Either Giroud or Chicharito would definitely be upgrades on West Ham's current attacking options.

Last season he played in 39 games for Arsenal scoring 16 goals.

His aerial strength is well-known, but he is far more than just a target man.

"The best West Ham teams have always been British-based with a sprinkling of foreign talent".

The Hammers have been linked with a host of other attackers including Kelechi Iheanacho, Javier Hernandez, Anthony Modeste and Cedric Bakambu in recent weeks.

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