Spanish club hopeful of signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January

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According to Italian broadcaster Rai Sport, via Football365, Spanish club Atletico Madrid are keen on replacing Diego Costa with Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

Costa has left Atletico Madrid after reaching an agreement with the Spanish club to end his contract.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes Giroud is the perfect player to replace Costa at Atletico Madrid and is hopeful of signing the France international in January.

Giroud is in the last year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. He was out of the team at the start of the campaign but has been called upon more regularly in recent weeks.

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