Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has admitted he was close to joining Premier League London rival Tottenham Hotspur in January transfer window.

The Frenchman was below Tammy Abraham in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge at the time and wanted to move elsewhere, with Lazio, Inter Milan and Tottenham fighting for his signature.

However, Chelsea’s inability to find a replacement meant he stayed and eventually had a very good end to the season.

He recalled almost joining Tottenham in the process.

“I almost signed for Lazio, Inter … I was so determined to leave that I almost even signed for Tottenham,” he told So Foot, as quoted by Tribal Football.

“I had to go at all costs because I was subjected to the subjective choices of a coach.

“Then things turned out differently…”

Chelsea activated Giroud’s extra year contract option which will keep him at the club until next summer.