Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ARSENAL'S LATE BID FOR KALLSTROM AND KLOSE; Arsenal Go for Kallstrom and Klose after Blow to Draxler Bid

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ARSENAL'S LATE BID FOR KALLSTROM AND KLOSE; Arsenal Go for Kallstrom and Klose after Blow to Draxler Bid

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

ARSENAL are expected to complete the loan signing of Kim Kallstrom from Spartak Moscow today and are weighing up a late move for Lazio striker Miroslav Klose.

Standard Sport understands Kallstrom was at the Gunners' London Colney training base this lunchtime ahead of a medical and the discussion of personal terms over a temporary deal to bolster Arsene Wenger's midfield options.

The 31-year-old has 108 caps for Sweden and is vastly experienced but the deal is something of a surprise given Arsenal have spent this month scouring Europe for strikers.

However, Aaron Ramsey's thigh problem is worse than the club initially feared -- Wenger this morning ruled the Welshman out for at least a month -- and combined with Mathieu Flamini's suspension and Jack Wilshere's injury absence, Wenger has been forced into the market.

He had hoped to complete a move for Schalke's Julian Draxler but despite talks continuing this week, the possibility of a deal looks remote.

Wenger is instead considering a loan move for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic or Klose. The latter is 35 years old but Wenger is open to a temporary deal, especially as Real Madrid remain intent on keeping Alvaro Morata and a deal for Vucinic looks more complicated.

Klose has scored five goals for Lazio in 15 Serie A games this season and is expected to be in Germany's World Cup squad, having scored 68 goals in 130 internationals.

The move for Draxler seems to have fallen through due to Arsenal's reluctance to meet the PS37million release clause in his contract with Schalke.

A late breakthrough remains a slim possibility but the clubs are thought to be some way apart on their valuations, while Schalke are demanding the vast majority of the fee up front and believe the interest of other clubs such as Chelsea will result in a bidding war at some stage to ensure they receive the asking price. …

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