Replacement signed for prolific Arsenal striker target Klose

And he comes in the form of a former Tottenham Hotspur flop.

Arsenal's last minute hunt for a striker has led them towards prolific German forward Miroslav Klose, reported The Metro this morning.

Germany's joint-highest international goalscorer on 68 goals, level with Gerd Muller, the powerful forward is one who would be well suited to the physical nature of the Premier League.

While a stop-gap at 35, he has still netted five goals in 15 games for Lazio this season, and an arrival at the Emirates could be tempting for him ahead of the World Cup, to link up with international teammates Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil et al.

Arsenal's late reported interest may just have received a boost too, in an unlikely form.

Lazio announced the signing of Helder Postiga yesterday, the very same Portuguese striker signed by Tottenham Hotspur for £6.25 million in 2003, who scored just two goals.

He has since rebuilt his reputation, most recently in La Liga where he had been playing with Valencia.

It was confirmed yesterday that Lazio had secured a loan deal to bring in the 31-year-old until the end of the season, with an option to a permanent deal.

The addition means the Italian side are going to be more amenable to any approach from Arsenal for Klose, as they will not have to worry about a last minute replacement, for they already have one.

Klose would be a clever addition for Arsenal in that he has chemistry playing with several of the German stars at the club already, and nor is he likely to demand to start every week at the age of 35. In fact, his late signature could just be a stroke of genius.

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