Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that Leicester City star Jamie Vardy wants to join the Gunners in the summer transfer window. The 29-year-old Foxes frontman was instrumental in helping them beat the Emirates club for the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season.
The England international scored 24 goals and helped his teammates score six goals in 36 matches. He was instrumental in helping Leicester win the title, along with Riyad Mahrez and Vardy's form has attracted interest from Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger's side have triggered the striker's £20m ($29m) release clause, reports the Guardian. Giroud, who is a part of the France squad for the Euro 2016, is hoping Vardy completes his switch to the north London club.
"I have been told that Jamie wants to join us and it's very good news for us. I think we can be complimentary and that's all I can say. He's a fantastic player, so it's good news for us," Giroud told Sky Sports.
When Italian publication Gazzeta dello Sport asked Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri on reports of an offer from Arsenal for Vardy, he said: "Yes, it's all true." Wenger has the services of Giroud as the first choice striker, along with Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck in the squad.
The former Manchester United forward suffered another injury setback in April, which will see him spend the next nine months on the sidelines. Wenger has already admitted that he will be looking to bring in a striker in the summer and Giroud is happy to have competition in the squad for a place in the starting lineup.
"As I said in the past I am happy with competition. We have always had fantastic strikers at Arsenal and I want the best for this club. Hopefully he is going to help us win this title," the France international explained.
"The boss wanted to sign at least one or two strikers, so I expected a top striker and I think it will benefit the club and hopefully he is going to score a lot of goals like he did at Leicester."