Proven PL performer: I came close to Everton summer switch

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The France global was heavily linked with an Emirates departure and looked to be on the verge of calling time on his Gunners career.

Everton pushed hard to recruit Giroud and fill the space up front vacated by Romelu Lukaku following his switch to Manchester United.

The same report says that Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Lookman and that the Gunners believe that he could be tempted by a transfer back down to London.

"I had the opportunity to leave", Giroud told French broadcaster Canal Football Club ahead of France's final World Cup qualifier with Belarus. Against Hajduk Split, Lookman flashed with brilliance at times but faded out of the game late.

Giroud is yet to earn a start in the Premier League this term and has suggested that a move for him may be possible in the future - but perhaps not to Everton.

Everton's pursuit of the Frenchman has been well documented, and now the player himself has revealed how close he came to swapping the Emirates Stadium to Goodison Park.

'I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time.

'I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years, ' Giroud said.

Lookman has made just 12 appearances for the Toffees since arriving from Charlton Athletic in January 2017 and has not played a single minute in the Premier League this season, despite Ronald Koeman's side having won just twice.

That has proven to be a critical moment in Everton's summer as they subsequently failed to land an alternative target, leaving themselves desperately short of firepower going into the new season.

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