It has become one of the more intriguing transfer stories leading into January so far - that of English interest in German international Miroslav Klose.
Klose is currently in Italy with Lazio and in reality he has no reason to leave - but it is that pesky World Cup next year once again getting in the mind of a player, and making him believe that an exit is necessary.
He has lost his place in the German national side, and that is no surprise considering the amount of talent Joechim Loew has at his disposal - but for the striker a place at Brazil next summer means more than it must to the others.
He wants a shot at becoming the undisputed record goal-scorer in World Cup history - and is currently second with 14 goals, behind Ronaldo of Brazil on 15.
It is believed that he feels a switch to another club could spark him into action, and perhaps provide the final push he needs to get ahead of Max Kruse, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Meuller and Stefan Kiessling in the pecking order.
In recent weeks several clubs have been linked with a potential approach including Barcelona - but Arsenal have been the most heavily linked in the UK.
Klose’s contract at Lazio expires next summer, and he is set to leave - so a January cut-price exit is certainly a possibility.
Arsenal could certainly do with a striking reinforcement for Olivier Giroud and with international team-mates in abundance at The Emirates to many it seems a no-brainer.
Some have questioned his age, but on an 18-month-contract that shouldn’t be a problem, as long as his age is not starting to affect him.
Which brings me to the warning with Klose, he is starting to become very injury prone.
He recently underwent surgery on a metatarsal problem, and in his first game back for the capital club yesterday he again picked up an injury - this time to his back.
So the question has to be asked, is Klose really a good signing.
Arsenal already have sparse room in their medical office, one more pair of legs is not what they need.
Is Klose worth the Arsenal gamble?
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