Giroud set to complete €12m Arsenal move

The striker's switch to north London is close to completion after he told Montpellier that he wanted to make a move which is expected to treble his wages to €60,000-a-week
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Arsenal are on the brink of completing a €12 million (£9.7m) move for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud after lodging a bid following his successful campaign with the Ligue 1 champions. understands that the two clubs are in advanced talks and a deal to take the France international to Emirates Stadium is close to completion.

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Arsenal were given the green light to sign the 25-year-old, who is part of France's Euro 2012 squad, earlier this week by Montpellier after Giroud signalled that he wanted to move to north London.

The forward, who has two years remaining on his Montpellier contract, has a 60,000-a-week contract offer on the table from Arsenal, which will treble his current wages of around 18,000-a-week.

Arsene Wenger has sanctioned a bid of €12m (£9.7m), which is likely to be accepted by the French club, who won last seaon's Ligue 1 title despite a budget that is dwarfed by the likes of Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking earlier this week, Montpellier coach Rene Girard told French radio station RMC that Wenger was leading a chase of top clubs for Giroud.

"Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them," the trainer admitted.

Giroud scored 21 goals in La Paillard's maiden league triumph to end the campaign as France's equal leading scorer with PSG's Nene. He also weighed in with nine assists.

The 6ft 3in striker is set to join Lukas Podolski in a new-look Arsenal forward line next season, and his impending capture will prompt further speculation about the future of Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman has only a year remaining on his Arsenal contract and has refused to commit himself to a new deal.