Forget Carroll - The perfect 254 goal striker who can be a short-term fix at West Ham

Miroslav Klose has battled through some injuries but is still a reliable option. Should West Ham make a move for him?

German legend, striker Miroslav Klose, has no intention to slow down despite being 35-years-old. Interpreting his recent statements he may leave his current club Lazio. Is that a opportunity for a Premier League side to sign the veteran goalscorer?

“I had a few proposals from the MLS and that would be interesting, seeing as [German legend] Gerd Muller also went to America,” Klose told Brazilian newspaper Lance!.

“In any case, I have no intention of retiring, as I want to play for a while yet.”

“I have a contract with Lazio until June and they proposed an extension, but I've received other offers,” Klose continued. A bold statement that Klose intends to leave as Lazio as they have struggled and sit now at 9th in Serie A.

MLS could be an option but Klose was linked with a move to Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool recently too.

Two months ago German tabloid Bild reported that the German international is set on a move to England writing:

“Ciao Italia! Klose wants to go to England. Again and again there had been in recent years offers from the English Premier League. But Klose rejected them all, chose in 2011 for Italy.”

"But now Klose will gladly play again on the island. He would become after the Arsenal stars Ozil, Podolski, Mertesacker and Chelsea's Schurrle, fifth national team member playing in England.”

Klose is 35-years-old but he is still an reliable option for teams looking for depth, or a short-term fix.

It would be a low risk high reward deal for Sam Allardyce of West Ham, who would find Klose the ideal battering ram centre-forward - with dominant heading ability.

Allardyce has a track record of signing big name players, Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff and Fernando Hierro a famous trio at Bolton. Klose would fit right into that category.

At the Hammers he could cover for and compete with Andy Carroll, while should also play enough games to show why he deserves a starting place for Germany at next year's World Cup.

Klose has recorded 186 goals in various leagues plus 68 with the German national team in his career. Just last season he bagged 15 goals in 29 games in Serie A.

An ambitious move no doubt, but if West Ham want to think big to inject some life into their attack in January - the prolific forward should be worthy of consideration.

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