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Arsenal are reportedly preparing a move for Ademola Lookman and believe the Everton and England U21 starlet will be tempted to leave Goodison Park.

Lyon, Marseille and West Ham were among the teams linked with Giroud earlier this year, but he named another of the sides credited with an interest - Everton - as a club he came so close to joining.

Following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Ronald Koeman was eyeing a new experienced striker to bring to his side and to replace the Belgian and Lukaku was said to be on top of his wish list.

He said, "I had the opportunity to leave [Arsenal]".

Speaking in an interview with French TV station Canal Plus today, Giroud was questioned on the speculation surrounding his future during the summer, revealing that he was in fact close to a move to the Toffees. "But I think I made the best choice".

Despite only starting three games all season, in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup, the French worldwide has ruled out further possibility of making the switch to Goodison Park in January if Everton were to register their interest in the player again.

"I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time".

Giroud has managed 2 goals in 10 games for the Gunners so far this season, though all 7 of his appearances in the Premier League have come from the bench.

Everton and Arsenal face each other in the Premier League on October 22. "But a return to France is possible one day".

With Giroud hoping to make France's squad for the 2018 World Cup, he will have to make a bigger impact as the campaign progresses.