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PL side interested in signing this out-of-favour Chelsea star in hot form

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Gary Neville does not understand why Frank Lampard did not play Olivier Giroud against Arsenal. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could move to West Ham United in January

An interview from Alex Crook of TalkSPORT (h/t Daily Star) revealed that West Ham United could be interested in signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.

Giroud recently netted 4 goals against Sevilla in Chelsea’s win 4-0 win in Seville, where he became the oldest player (h/t Daily Star) to score a UEFA Champions League hat-trick.

That game was only his second start of the season for Chelsea, and the Frenchman would have been dejected to hear Lampard say that it was still not enough to grant him a start against Leeds United. (h/t Daily Star)

Olivier Giroud has played second fiddle to Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham this season. (GETTY Images)
Olivier Giroud has played second fiddle to Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham this season. (GETTY Images)

It is now understood that Giroud could move to London club West Ham United in January in order to secure game time as the 2020 UEFA European Championship next summer draws near.

TalkSPORT insider Alex Crook said in an interview that West Ham United may hold the edge over Tottenham Hotspur, another club interested in signing Giroud, as the Hammers would not be considered a ‘direct rival’.

“I know there’s interest from West Ham United. David Moyes is a huge admirer of Giroud and clubs abroad as well. I suppose where West Ham would have the edge over someone like Tottenham for example, who have also shown an interest in the past, is that they wouldn’t be viewed as direct rivals.”

Olivier Giroud spent 5 and a half years at Arsenal before joining Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Olivier Giroud spent 5 and a half years at Arsenal before joining Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Giroud has been at Stamford Bridge for the past three and a half seasons where the Frenchman has netted 34 goals in nearly a 100 games.

Unfortunately for him, the 34-year-old has found starts at Chelsea few and far in between in recent years as he has started just twice for the Blues so far this season.

Giroud could also only muster 17 starts from 55 games last season for Chelsea, but Lampard indicated why he has chosen to keep him at the club as he praised him after the win against Sevilla.

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“That’s the main thing”: Chelsea star sends Lampard a message regarding game time

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Callum Hudson-Odoi sends a message to Frank Lampard over his game-time

According to Football.London, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has opened up on the lack of regular game-time under Frank Lampard this season.

The 20-year-old Englishman, a product of the Chelsea youth academy, has had difficulties in nailing down a starting berth for himself ever since he burst onto the scenes in the 2018/19 season under Maurizio Sarri.

Off-field problems have played a part in Hudson-Odoi’s inability to kick on and fulfil his immense potential. In addition, a lack of consistency has also been a problem for the England international.

Callum Hudson-Odoi linked with a move to Bayern Munich again.
Callum Hudson-Odoi in action for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

However, Hudson-Odoi has impressed in his recent matches this season and is slowly starting to grow into a vital player for us. So far this term, the 20-year-old winger has five goals and two assists in all competitions.

Speaking ahead of our Premier League game against Fulham, Hudson-Odoi has insisted that he needs to keep smiling and working hard, while making the most of the opportunities that come his way.

“No – I’m trying hard in training every day, I’m giving 110 per cent in training and in games. No matter when the opportunity comes, I’m going to try and continue to do my best and contribute to the team – scoring and assisting.

“Hopefully more opportunities will come. I’m always smiling – that’s the main thing. I like to smile, be positive no matter the situation.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi was not named in the Chelsea matchday squad which faced Tottenham Hotspurs this Sunday. (GETTY Images)
Callum Hudson-Odoi has looked good in the last couple of matches (Getty Images)

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So far this term, Hudson-Odoi has started two just Premier League matches. Given that we have the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner fighting for the starting berths in the wide areas, the competition is naturally intense.

However, Hudson-Odoi has shown in the past few games in that he has the quality to go toe-to-toe with the world-class stars. Hopefully, he is now able to go on a consistent run and become a regular in the side.

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Chelsea continue to be linked with French ace with £8m release clause

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Chelsea remain interested in Reading starlet Michael Olise

According to Berkshire Live, Premier League giants Chelsea continue to be linked with a move for Reading FC starlet Michael Olise.

Olise spent some time at the Chelsea and Manchester City youth academies before joining the Royals’ setup in 2016. The versatile attacking midfielder broke into the senior team in 2019. But, he has come into his own in the ongoing season.

So far in 2020/21, Olise has featured 24 times across all competitions for Reading. He has racked up a return of four goals and eight assists in the process. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Michael Olise Reading (getty images)
Michael Olise is a target for Chelsea (Getty images)

The youngster’s performance have seen him attract interest from a host of the clubs, with Chelsea being one of them. Apart from the Blues, the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City are all keeping tabs on Olise’s situatioon. (h/t Berkshire Live)

In addition, Aston Villa have also joined the race for Olise. Serie A leaders AC Milan are also said to be one of the Frenchman’s suitors.

Olise has just eighteen months left on his current contract with Reading, with the deal running out in 2022. However, the Royals remain very much interested in extending his stay at the club.

But manager Veljko Paunovic has admitted that there is a good chance that the teenage attacking midfielder could leave the club in the ongoing transfer window.

Olise has impressed for Reading this season
Olise has impressed for Reading this season

“I am confident [he will stay] but I’m also confident to tell you ‘you never know.’ Every single player is exposed to the market and to the teams that have needs so somebody may pull the trigger in some direction.”

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Olise is said to have a release clause worth £8m in his current contract with Reading. It remains to be seen if Chelsea do make a move for the French youth international this month or in the summer.

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Lampard addresses rumours of former Chelsea boss returning to the club

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Frank Lampard gives uplifting Chelsea team news before Premier League showdown with Fulham. (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard addresses Avram Grant to Chelsea rumours

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has dismissed concerns over speculations linking former boss Avram Grant with a return to the club.

Chelsea have face a downslide of form in the Premier League, losing four of their last six league outings, winning just one. This has seen Lampard come under pressure, leading to speculations over his future at the club.

A number of names like Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel have been since linked with the managerial hot seat at the Bridge.

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Lampard feeling the heat after Man City defeat

Now, it is being claimed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering bringing Avram Grant back to the club, not as a manager, but with a different role in mind.

However, Lampard has dismissed any sort of concerns over the speculations, insisting that any appointment wouldn’t impact his position.

“I don’t know anything about it so I prefer not to go any further with it. So I don’t want to hang on exactly what it means because in a modern football club there are different roles for different people up and down the club. Sometimes a great line of communication to your board or an experienced person can be a great thing.”

Avram Grant is linked with a shock return to Chelsea. (imago Images)
Avram Grant is linked with a shock return to Chelsea.

Lampard also insisted that at the end, the most vital part is that all the personnel work together towards the success of the club.

“But the most important thing for me always regarding personnel is that the team works together. The team, the club, the staff, that’s the biggest thing.”

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Lampard has enjoyed a good relationship with director Marina Granvoskaia and performance advisor Petr Cech. This was key to us enjoying a brilliant summer transfer window.

But, with results not going our way on the field, Lampard has come under intense scrutiny. The upcoming weeks could have a huge say in whether there are any changes made at the Bridge.

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Chelsea star calls for patience and trust amidst a difficult run of results

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Chelsea star Ben Chilwell urges patience amid a poor run of form in Premier League

Speaking to the club’s official website, Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has insisted that there must be patience as the club goes through the process of a rebuild.

After a transfer ban in 2019, Chelsea went heavy in the last summer window, bringing in a host of top stars. And while things began on a promising note, the results have deteriorated in recent weeks, especially in the Premier League.

Frank Lampard’s men have lost four of their last six league games, picking up just one. This has seen the team slide down to the ninth place in the PL standings, inviting pressure on the manager.

Frank Lampard urgs Chelsea stars to stay grounded
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard under pressure after recent results

Chilwell, however, has insisted that while there need to be improvements, the team needs time to gel completely and it is important to be patient.

“It’s a process and it was always going to be difficult to win things straight away. We want to do that as soon as possible but it was never going to be a smooth journey.”

The England international further added that the recent results had been a humbling experience and has made the squad refocused as they look to put an end to the run.

“This little blip has refocused us all, we’re working even harder and it’s humbled us a little bit. It’s a very different and difficult season with everything that’s going on but the important thing now is we just get back to winning ways.”

Ben Chilwell (Twitter/ChelseaFC)
Ben Chilwell calls for patience in difficult times (Twitter/ChelseaFC)

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Up next for Chelsea is a short trip to Fulham later today. A win against the Cottagers, who have been on a resurgent run, would see us reduce the gap to the top four to three points.

Another poor result, however, could see pressure ramp up on Lampard.

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