Trans­fer news Lam­pard con­firms Giroud could leave in Jan­uary

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Olivier Giroud could leave Chelsea in jan­uary, head coach Frank Lam­pard has con­firmed.

The French­man has started just two games this sea­son and is in­side the fi­nal six months of his Chelsea con­tract, hav­ing joined the Blues from Lon­don ri­vals Ar­se­nal in the 2018 jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

The 33-year-old was an un­used sub­sti­tute in Chelsea's 2-0 FA Cup third round win against Not­ting­ham For­est on Sun­day, and fu­elled spec­u­la­tion he is set to leave by ap­pear­ing to wave good­bye to the Stam­ford Bridge crowd at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Sky Sports News un­der­stands Chelsea failed with a £34m bid for Lyon striker Moussa Dem­bele, and Lam­pard hinted Giroud's de­par­ture could hinge on the club bring­ing in a suit­able re­place­ment.

"There's no up­date on Ol­lie, but I've spo­ken with him," Lam­pard said of Giroud.

"If the con­di­tions are that it's some­thing he re­ally wants to do and it works for the club, for me and the squad then it's some­thing that could hap­pen."

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