Fenerbahce eye Olivier Giroud as Robin van Persie replacement

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are reportedly looking into a potential deal for Arsenal's Olivier Giroud with Robin van Persie seemingly close to a reunion with Feyenoord. The France international has played second fiddle to Alexandre Lacazette for the first half of the season, and he is currently recuperating from a hamstring injury.

According to Fanatik, the Frenchman has emerged as a potential candidate for Fenerbahce, who are looking to reinforce their backline ahead of a title challenge in the latter stage of the campaign. Giroud has remained tight-lipped over his future in the past few weeks, but the outlet suggests that the Frenchman could replace Van Persie, who is likely to be offloaded in the transfer window.

Van Persie's season has been plagued by a knee injury in early September, and this has hampered his chances of making any sort of comeback into the first-team. Feyenoord are deemed to have already made a tentative approach for the former Manchester United man, and there is a distinct chance that the veteran would be allowed to join his ex-club for a nominal fee.

Giroud's representative recently hinted that the Frenchman could pursue a fresh challenge away from the Emirates, but a move to Turkey looks far off from happening with the striker more focused on staying in the English capital.

The ex-Montpellier man turned down advances from Everton in the summer for a similar reason, and his chances of pursuing regular first-team football could lie on him joining one of Crystal Palace or West Ham United, though the final decision could lie on Arsene Wenger.

Despite his limited gametime, Giroud has always remained a favourite among the club's faithful, and he suggested earlier in the summer that he is indebted to stay with the north London outfit as a sign of loyalty for what they have done for him over the years.