Liverpool join race to sign Olivier Giroud from Montpellier

Dalglish makes personal trip to watch 50m-rated striker Giroud in action

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21:00 GMT, 29 April 2012

Liverpool have joined the list of clubs showing interest in Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.

Manager Kenny Dalglish and assistant Steve Clarke watched Montpellier's 1-0 victory at Toulouse on Friday night and were joined in the stands by Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi and Bayern Munich's general manager Christian Nerlinger.

Although there were other players on show that have attracted Liverpool's interest in the past year, including Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Montpellier captain and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, it is understood Giroud was the focus of Dalglish's attention.

Failed to impress: Olivier Giroud (centre) missed a penalty in front of Kenny Dalglish

Failed to impress: Olivier Giroud missed a penalty in front of Kenny Dalglish

However, the striker struggled to impress and missed a penalty.

Dalglish has identified a striker, right-sided midfielder and defender as his priorities for this summer.

Giroud is rated at 50m but is understood to have a release clause considerably lower at 13.5m.

The stumbling block though could be his desire to play in the Champions League.

Montpellier should qualify while Liverpool will be in the Europa League.