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Rudi Garcia: Marseille move does not appeal to Olivier Giroud

Marseille boss Rudi Garcia has given up hope of signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

The France international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium after struggling to secure a regular place in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up last season.

Compatriot Alexandre Lacazette arrived at Arsenal this summer in a big-money transfer from Lyon, a move which is likely to further damage Giroud's hopes of securing more game time this term, but Garcia has admitted defeat in his pursuit of the 30-year-old.

"I do not think he wants to come to Marseille, Olivier Giroud. That's the problem," Garcia told L'Equipe.

"It is understandable - as he is a striker with the French national team who is making progress with Arsenal - that when he does change clubs, his interests might lie beyond OM."

One player who is heading to Marseille is Jordan Amavi.

Marseille have announced on their official Twitter account that they have agreed a deal with Aston Villa for the transfer of the 23-year-old.

Amavi was on the verge of joining Sevilla last month, having agreed a deal with the LaLiga club, but the transfer collapsed, paving the way for Marseille to swoop for the former Nice player.

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