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Ronald Koeman reveals how close he came to signing Romelu Lukaku replacement

Ronald Koeman thinks Everton's failure to sign Olivier Giroud cost him his job

What’s that in the distance? Ahh, it’s Mr Hindsight.

Ronald Koeman is coming to terms with his dismissal from Everton and has pinpointed the one failure that cost his his job.

Signing Olivier Giroud.

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When you avoid a move to Everton

Or, we should say, not signing Giroud.

Koeman told Voetbal International that Everton’s failure to get the Giroud deal over the line was a major disappointment.

He said: “I had Olivier Giroud in the building.

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“He would have fitted perfectly but, at the very last moment, he decided that he’d rather live in London, and stay at Arsenal.

“That was really hard to swallow. You tell me, where you can get a better striker?

“Lukaku was so important for us, not just because of his goals. If things were not going well in a game, if we could not play the way we were used to, there was always the option to use the long ball towards him.

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The man who cost Koeman his job?

“All of a sudden, we were missing such a player. With Nikola Vlasic and Wayne Rooney, we had attackers who want the ball at their feet.

As it was, Everton had about as much attacking edge as a toothless panda.

Although we’re not sure how much the addition of Giroud would have added to Everton’s one-paced attacking unit.