West Ham have withdrawn their interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, reports Sky Sports.
The Frenchman’s future at Arsenal is unclear following the arrival of club record signing Alexandre Lacazette in his position.
However, if he does move on from the Emirates, he won’t now be heading east across the capital to the London Stadium.
The Hammers desperately need to sign a forward, but they are thought to have been unhappy after being told they were not Giroud’s first choice. Everton and Marseille are the other main clubs in the mix.
Slaven Bilic has already pulled out of a deal for Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, and the clock is ticking with less than a month to go until the start of the new Premier League season.
Javier Hernandez’s wage demands are proving a problem too, so it doesn’t look as if he will complete a switch from Bayer Leverkusen.
West Ham’s board have invested poorly in strikers, so it’s understandable that Bilic wants to get the right one.