Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Arsenal confident of signing Everton winger Ademola Lookman during January transfer window

Arsenal confident of signing Everton winger Ademola Lookman during January transfer window

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed he nearly joined Everton over the summer.

Giroud's situation was made all the more precarious following the arrival of record signing Alexandre Lacazette, with his worldwide team-mate arriving to take his place in the squad.

The France global previously admitted he came close to joining the Toffees in the recent transfer period, with Goodison Park offering regular first-team football.

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He has now revealed that he was "very close" to joining Everton, but does not regret his decision to stay at Arsenal.

The 31-year-old has spoken previously of just how close he came to bidding farewell to Arsenal in search of more frequent opportunities, explaining that he eventually chose to stick with the Gunners after discussing his situation with family and close friends.

Expanding on that during a recent interview with French cable television channel Canal+, Giroud said: "I was very close to another English club, Everton".

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"I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time, I didn't want to return to France".

That has proven to be a critical moment in Everton's summer as they subsequently failed to land an alternative target, leaving themselves desperately short of firepower going into the new season.

The Gunners expressed interest in signing the Wandsworth-born forward during his time at Charlton and are said to view Lookman as a potential star of the future.

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