Transfer news: Ajax tried to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, reveals Frank de Boer

Ajax coach confirms that he attempted to land Giroud and Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri but ultimately proved unsuccessful

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Frank de Boer has revealed that Dutch champions Ajax tried to sign Olivier Giroud and Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Eredivisie giants were interested in Giroud and Shaqiri after they shone at Montpellier and FC Basel respectively in the 2011/2012 season. De Boer was unable to sign the pair once Arsenal and Bayern Munich also showed interest in the highly-coveted players. Giroud joined Arsenal for £12m in 2012, whilst Shaqiri moved to Munich for a reported €10m (£8.2m) in the same summer.

De Boer told FOX Sports: "We're still looking for these boys. But you also have to have a bit of luck.

"(Board member) Tonny Bruins pointed us towards Olivier Giroud when he played for Montpellier. He had also been quick to notice Xherdan Shaqiri.


"But if those guys happen to score often for a few weeks, then you get Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the doorstep. Then you have no chance."

De Boer is on the verge of securing a fourth successive title for Ajax. The latest triumph, which could be confirmed on Sunday, would make the former Barcelona defender a more successful coach at Ajax than Dutch icon Rinus Michels and Louis van Gaal.

Ajax face Vitesse in Arnhem on Sunday and have an eight-point advantage over Feyenoord in second with four games left to play. The Amsterdam club will be crowned champions if they win and their rivals from Rotterdam drop points at home against RKC Waalwijk.