EVERTON have been handed a boost in their chase of Olivier Giroud after Borussia Dortmund claim Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be sold.
The German club were rivalling the Toffees for the Arsenal star as a replacement for the Gabon striker.
But the Telegraph are now reporting Dortmund have dropped out of the race as Aubameyang will not be leaving the Westfalenstadion this summer.
Giroud could leave the Emirates after he has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates since the arrival of £52million Alexandre Lacazette.
Everton have been the front-runners for the £20m-rated former Montpellier attacker.
West Ham have pulled out of the race after being priced out by the fee and his wage demands.
Giroud saw limited playing time last season for the Gunners after once being the clubs undisputed top striker.
But with the emergence of Alexis Sanchez and now Lacazette, Giroud would spend even more time on the bench.
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Everton plan on continuing their summer spending spree after signing seven players already.
Koeman has already brought in England youngsters Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane to improve his back five.
And Wayne Rooney joins Davy Klassen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez to add options in attack.
Cuco Martinez was also brought in on a free transfer after his release from Southampton.
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