Everton have received a major boost in their pursuit of Olivier Giroud.
The Toffees should now be leading the race as the Frenchman’s other suitors seem to be pulling out one by one.
Last week, West Ham ended their interest in the Frenchman, per Sky Sports, because they were not convinced they were his first choice of destination.
And The Telegraph report it now looks unlikely that Borussia Dortmund will be making a bid either, following the announcement that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be leaving.
Giroud could finally be guaranteed regular first team football at Goodison Park, having made just 11 Premier League starts last season.
The arrival of club record signing Alexandre Lacazette has only pushed him further down the pecking order, despite Giroud actually keeping the former Lyon man out of the French national team.
Ronald Koeman is evidently looking for a like-for-like, physical striker to replace Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United earlier this month. According to the same source, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke and Bournemouth’s Josh King are the other alternatives being considered.