Why Arsenal striker rejected Everton move

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud rejected a move to Everton last summer because of his and his wife’s desire to stay in London.

Giroud, who joined the Gunners in 2012, has admitted he had the chance to join Premier League club Everton during the last transfer window. Former Toffees manager Ronald Koeman was keen to bolster his attacking options and revealed earlier in the season that Giroud was ‘in the building’ to join. However, France international Giroud pulled out of the move and Allardyce doubts Everton will revive their interest in the player next month. 

-I wouldn’t have thought [Giroud would move] as he refused to come last time.  As far as I know he doesn’t want to move north of Watford, well his wife doesn’t want to anyway. It’s very important to the wives, believe you me. Normally they are the bosses,  Allardyce, who replaced Koeman at Goodison Park last month, said.

Everton have struggled in front of goal this season and the club are still seeking a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United for £75 million last summer.