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Olivier Giroud reportedly turned down move to the Vancouver Whitecaps

Olivier Giroud told Vancouver he would prefer a move to Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, New York or Chicago.

The Vancouver Whitecaps season ended 48 hours ago, but the transfer rumor mill is already in full swing.

The Whitecaps reportedly reached out to French star Olivier Giroud, but were told he has a preferred shortlist of cities in North America and Vancouver isn’t on it. The list did include Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., New York and Chicago, according to Sportsnet’s Dan Riccio.

“There has been work done for the window much earlier. There are people that are working to make the roster better,” Vancouver coach Marc Dos Santos said following Vancouver’s Sunday loss to Real Salt Lake. “Not only the staff, there are a lot of people in the backstage helping out, so all that’s in place right now gives me a lot of hope for the future.”

Dos Santos then spoke Monday night about possible new signings on Sportsnet 650 Fine Lines. “Guys, of course,” Dos Santos said when asked about bringing in a goalscorer. “The teams that make the playoffs have guys in the last third that can score goals.”

Giroud, 33, would have been that sort of goalscorer. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has scored 159 goals and 70 assists in 396 games throughout his career. The striker had his best years with London-based Arsenal, where he scored 105 goals and 41 assists in 253 games. 

Currently employed by Chelsea, Giroud has struggled for playing time and made just three appearances for his club this season.

Nonetheless, a World Cup winner would have been a big signing for the Whitecaps. Dos Santos also hinted that he is indeed going after a player with Giroud’s résumé.

“A big name is a big name,” Dos Santos said to Fine Lines when asked what a marquee player could mean for a club that has never signed a superstar. “We are talking players that have won the World Cup.

What I want us to focus on as a club is on making the team better. Whatever it takes to make the team better.”

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