Olivier Giroud has West Ham ready to give Chelsea goalscorer games in January

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Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud could make the move across London to West Ham as he chases regular football this season.

The Frenchman became the oldest player to score a Champions League hat-trick before grabbing a penalty in the Blues’ 4-0 win over Sevilla.

It was only his second start of the season under Frank Lampard – and his comments suggested the goals would not be enough to warrant a place in the starting XI against Leeds.

But talkSPORT insider Alex Crook has suggested that the 34-year-old could get a chance of regular football on the other side of the capital.

The insider said: “I know there’s interest from West Ham United.

“David Moyes is a huge admirer of Giroud and clubs abroad as well.

“If you’re Frank Lampard now, how can you let Giroud go now given his goals return?

“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.”

Giroud has been at Stamford Bridge for the last three-and-a-half seasons, scoring 34 goals in nearly 100 appearances.

It came after five-and-a-half campaigns with London rivals Arsenal, where the forward hit the back of the net 105 times.

But his starts have been decreasing throughout that time, making 17 starts from 55 games for Chelsea last season.

Lampard, though, did explain why he has chosen to keep the Frenchman as an impact sub by detailing what the forward brings to the club.

He told BT Sport after the win over Sevilla: “Olivier is reliable, full stop. Not just for us but his international goals for France.

“He's up there with great French individuals, he's got great statistics.

“I’m not too bothered about that in a way but I am bothered about what he gives us on the pitch.

“There couldn't be a team-mate there that the players are happier for because of the way Olivier is around the training pitch and in the games.”

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