Crystal Palace are reportedly planning a January move for Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud.

The France striker has not started a game for the Blues since August and is behind nine-goal hitman Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order.

Olivier Giroud has been in and out of Chelsea squads since August

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Olivier Giroud has been in and out of Chelsea squads since August

The Sun claim Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is in the market for a striker to maintain their surprise top six push.

The Eagles are sixth in the table, but have scored just eight Premier League goals so far this season, the third lowest of any top-flight club.

Earlier this month, a frustrated Giroud, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign, insisted he ‘doesn’t accept’ his back-up role under Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

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In response, Lampard revealed he is prepared to review the 33-year-old’s situation in January.

He said: “I had a good chat with Oli before he went away and I always respect all the players, but particularly the players of that age of low thirties.

“I love his professionalism. He was bang on when he spoke to me and with his quotes when he was away with France.

“He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing. That’s what good players do. I think, as I said to Oli, he will get his games and be a big influence for us.

“At the moment, because of how Tammy is playing, there hasn’t been the minutes, so I would happily sit down with Oli in January. But that is a long way away. I want him here.”

Frank Lampard understands Olivier Giroud’s frustration at his lack of playing time

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Frank Lampard understands Olivier Giroud’s frustration at his lack of playing time

Giroud joined Chelsea in an £18million deal from Arsenal in January 2018.

He scored 11 goals to help the Blues win the Europa League last season, which earned him a one-year contract extension in May.

Palace are in desperate need of a goalscorer with strikers Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Connor Wickham scoring a combined total of just six goals in all competitions since the start of last season.

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