KEY POINTS

  • Tottenham wants to pursue Chelsea's Olivier Giroud in January, a report says
  • The Spurs reportedly want to be informed of Giroud's situation
  • Blues manager Frank Lampard is keen on keeping the veteran striker

Tottenham Hotspur is expected to make a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in the January window, a report says.

The Spurs are set to face Chelsea Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Ahead of the Premier League clash between the two rivaling English clubs, Jose Mourinho’s recruitment team will keep an eye on Giroud.

Heading into the next transfer window, Tottenham wants to be informed about Giroud’s situation as the club will be one of his many suitors in January, Football Insider reported, citing unnamed sources. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

Mourinho’s side held discussions about signing the French striker in January last year but was unable to seal a deal with the Blues. Now, the Spurs will try to make another swoop for the veteran forward in the new year, the report added.

Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the lead in Istanbul -- the Frenchman had also scored the opener in May's Europa League final against Arsenal Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the lead in Istanbul -- the Frenchman had also scored the opener in May's Europa League final against Arsenal Photo: AFP / OZAN KOSE

However, Frank Lampard might not be too willing to part with Giroud as he recently addressed the striker’s importance to his squad.

According to Lampard, Giroud, who scored a game-winner against Rennes Tuesday, is one of the players he relies on and hopes he is aware of his value to the team.

“He [Giroud] offers a lot for us and I keep saying it but the big schedule coming up and the way we play means I will rely on players,” the Blues boss said in a press conference after the game. “So thankfully for me he's a player that always keeps the right attitude if he's not playing regularly, and I know when I call upon him that he comes in as he did today.”

"I think Oli knows how much I am happy with him,” he added. “I hope he knows how much I rely on him.”

As for Tottenham, reports of the club's desire to pursue Giroud in January come as a surprise considering the Spurs' stacked attacking roster. Tottenham talisman Harry Kane is having one of the best seasons of his career, and recently, on-loan striker Carlos Vinicius also made his mark on the team, scoring two goals in four matches.

Pleased by Vinicius’ form this season, Mourinho even lauded him as a suitable back-up for Kane.

“He is a big boy, a strong boy and needs to be more physical in the Premier League but I am happy,” the Spurs manager recently said of Vinicius.

“It is good for the team to have that because for example last season if Harry Kane needed a rest, we couldn’t and because Vinicius is here, the squad is much more balanced,” he added.

Jose Mourinho (left) is going head to head with Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge Jose Mourinho (left) is going head to head with Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS