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Giroud considering his options
Published : 15 Dec 2009 08:16:28
Giroud, who has scored 14 goals in 17 games this season, said earlier this month he would see out the season with his current club. But after Tours director general Max Marty was quoted saying the player would be sold during the transfer window, Giroud now looks set for an imminent departure. When asked if he would stay with Tours until the end of the campaign, he said: "No, it's not as simple as that. We're now at a stage where a lot of thinking has to be done. There is a lot of interest in me. "Celtic and Middlesbrough are the most persistent but there is also interest from Montpellier, Valenciennes, Monaco and Toulouse. "On one hand I feel content here because, at Tours, I'm well protected. But, on the other, there are opportunities for me to go abroad or to play in Ligue 1 in January. "Most clubs want me for the start of 2010 because they need to re-inforce their attacking options quickly, so they won't wait. I could take up the opportunity to prove myself in Ligue 1 or abroad quicker than expected." Celtic will battle with former boss Gordon Strachan - now at the Riverside - for the signature of Giroud, who was playing amateur football just 18 months ago but is now reportedly valued at around £2.5million.