Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could turn to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in a bid to end his search for a number nine according to Metro.

The Blues boss is keen to add an out-and-out forward to his squad before the closure of the transfer window and the Italian’s hopes of signing AS Roma frontman Edin Dzeko look to be fading.

It has now been reported that Conte could turn his attentions towards signing Arsenal striker Giroud as the South West Londoners look to provide some stern competition for Spaniard Alvaro Morata. The 31-year-old Frenchman could be permitted to leave the Emirates Stadium this month providing that The Gunners sign a replacement for the player.

Giroud started his career in the second tier of the French game with both Grenoble and Tours before joining Montpellier in July 2010. The striker bagged 39 goals in 85 games for La Paillade, earning himself a £9.6 million move to current club Arsenal.

The striker has impressed during his time in North London and has been part of an Arsenal side which have won three FA Cups and the FA Community Shields. Giroud has a well-respected goal record for The Gunners which has seen him score 105 goals in 252 outings for the club.

Giroud’s Arsenal exit could depend on The Gunners signing want-away Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the coming days.