Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed he almost joined Everton over the summer.
The France international was heavily linked with Ronald Koeman’s side over the summer, along with West Ham and Marseille.
“I had the opportunity to leave [Arsenal],” he told French TV station Canal Plus.
“I was very close to another English club, Everton. But I think I made the best choice.”
Giroud said Marseille and Lyon also expressed an interest in him but that he wanted to remain in England.
“I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years,” Giroud said. “”I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time. I didn’t want to return to France. I’m happy in England, it’s nothing against those clubs. But a return to France is possible one day.”