Gunners consider bid for veteran forward.
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Arsenal could make a deadline day bid for Lazio striker Miroslav Klose as Arsene Wenger desperately searches for a new signing upfront before the transfer deadline.
The Gunners recently lost main centre-forward Olivier Giroud to a four-month injury and have been frantically looking for possible replacements in the final few days of the transfer market, with time now ticking away for Wenger to land his priority targets.
One name strongly linked with Arsenal, Loic Remy, has instead made the move from Queens Park Rangers to Chelsea, while other big names such as Radamel Falcao of AS Monaco may now be out of reach as big-spenders such as Manchester City and Real Madrid pursue his signature today.
This could now see Arsenal revive their interest in one-time target Klose, who was strongly believed to be on the club’s radar back in January, and who may be keen to secure one big move in his superb career as he nears the end of his playing days.
The 36-year-old looked sharp for the German national team at this summer’s World Cup, scoring twice to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the tournament, and he remains a key player for Lazio, scoring eight goals for the Serie A side last season.
Arsenal may try their luck with a six-month loan bid to bring the player in as cover for Giroud, though they could also be tempted to try an offer in the region of £2m to bring him to the club on a permanent basis, albet only on a one-year contract at most.
This move may be seen as fairly desperate by Arsenal, but there’s no doubt that a signing of some kind is needed in attack after a toothless display against Leicester City on Sunday, with youngster Yaya Sanogo looking well short of the quality required to fill Giroud’s boots during his injury.
Alexis Sanchez has also looked uncomfortable in a central striker role, while doubts remain over the futures of the likes of Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell, who have been linked with Juventus and Benfica, respectively.