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Arsenal close in on Giroud

SoccerNews in English Premier League, Ligue 1 19 Jun 2012

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Montpellier have confirmed that the sale of Olivier Giroud to Arsenal is progressing.

Club vice-president Laurent Nicollin said talks with the Gunners over the France international striker were ‘going serenely’ as both clubs look to reach an agreement over a final transfer fee.

The London side reached an agreement with the French champions, with a fee of 12.8 million pounds having been settled on after negotiations between the two clubs.

Now, Montpellier’s vice-president said he expects the transfer to be completed at the end of France’s participation in Euro 2012.

In an interview with local French newspaper Midi Libre, Laurent Nicollin said: “Discussions are happening in a cordial fashion.

“Things are moving serenely.”

Arsenal’s bid to sign Giroud was approved by the French club last week, after he made it clear he would welcome a move to the English Premier League.

The Frenchman scored 21 goals in Montpellier’s league victory, and was the joint top scorer in Ligue 1 with PSG’s Nene.

He looks set to join Lukas Podolski in a new-look Arsenal forward line next season, but his transfer will prompt further speculation about the future of Robin van Persie, who has one year left on his contract and has refused to enter talks about a new deal.

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