Olivier Giroud says he has been told Jamie Vardy wants to join Arsenal and the Frenchman says he is excited about the prospect of partnering the Englishman next season.
Sky sources understand Arsenal are free to talk to the Leicester and England forward after triggering a release clause in his contract with a £20m bid.
Speaking after scoring twice in France’s 3-0 victory over Scotland on Saturday night, Giroud revealed to Sky Sports News HQ of his awareness about Vardy and how is excited he is with the prospect of teaming up with the Arsenal target next season.
“I have been told that Jamie wants to join us and it’s very good news for us. I think we can be complimentary and that’s all I can say. He’s a fantastic player, so it’s good news for us.
“As I said in the past I am happy with competition. We have always had fantastic strikers at Arsenal and I want the best for this club. Hopefully he is going to help us win this title.
“The boss wanted to sign at least one or two strikers, so I expected a top striker and I think it will benefit the club and hopefully he is going to score a lot of goals like he did at Leicester.” Giroud told Sky Sports.
Vardy, who only signed a new four-year deal with Leicester in February, is currently preparing with the rest of the England squad for Euro 2016 and will more than likely need to be released temporarily by manager Roy Hodgson to complete a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The 29-year-old enjoyed a sensational 2015-16 season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions as Leicester claimed an unlikely Premier League title, with Arsenal finishing 10 points behind in second.
The former Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town player would become Wenger’s second signing of the close season following the acquisition of midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach.