After ruling out Draxler… and Wenger lines up hitman Klose
- Arsenal keen on 31-year-old Spartak Moscow midfielder Kim Kallstrom
- Kallstrom has played 108 times for Sweden
- He would cost Arsenal ‘a small fee’
- Germany’s veteran striker Miroslav Klose also on hitlist
- Arsene Wenger has confirmed Julian Draxler will not join Arsenal
- Gunners baulked at £37m fee for 20-year-old Schalke midfielder
- Aaron Ramsey will be out for six weeks
- Wenger again says he would scrap the transfer window
Arsenal are in talks with Kim Kallstrom over a shock deadline day move – and they could also land Miroslav Klose.
The 31-year-old Spartak Moscow man is hopeful of securing a move ahead of the Gunners’ weekend clash against Crystal Palace.
The news comes on the same day as manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that Julian Draxler won’t be moving to north London this month.
Wenger is also lining up Germany’s veteran striker Miroslav Klose in a short-term deal from Lazio
Shock: The Gunners are in talks with Spartak Moscow’s Kim Kallstrom about a move to the Emirates
Experienced: Kallstrom has won 108 caps for Sweden and was successful during a six-year stint at Lyon
No go! Julian Draxler won’t be joining Arsenal before the deadline – the club weren’t prepared to pay £37m
WHO IS KIM KALLSTROM?
Clubs: Spartak Moscow, Lyon, Rennes, Djurgaardens
Honours: Ligue 1 title (2007 and 2008), Coupe de France (2008 and 2012)
International caps: 108
International goals: 16
A delegation were over in Germany to try and sort out a deal for the 20-year-old but baulked at the £37million asking price.
The clubs were also haggling over the structure of the payments – with Schalke demanding a large percentage of the fee be paid up front.
Club doctor Gary O’Driscoll is on stand-by to fly to Germany to complete Draxler’s medical ahead of Friday’s deadline.
With injuries to Theo Walcott, who is out for the rest of the season and Jack Wilshere, who is doubtful for Palace with an ankle injury, Wenger is keen to make further additions to his squad to shore up a title challenge
No thanks: Arsene Wenger would prefer it if the transfer window was scrapped
MIROSLAV KLOSE’S NUMBERS
Kaiserslautern – 147 games/52 goals
Werder Bremen – 132/63
Bayern Munich – 149/52
Lazio – 87/36
German Footballer of the Year 2006
Bundesliga top scorer 2006 (25 goals)
Bundesliga winner 2008 & 2010
German Cup winner 2008 & 2010
Germany – 130 games/68 goals
Second all-time highest scorer in World Cup history with 14
Joint highest scorer with Gerd Muller
Kallstrom comes with immense experience. The Sweden international was at Lyon for six years and has 108 caps for his country. The move would cost the club a small fee.
Aaron Ramsey will miss up to six weeks according to Wenger, which has intensified their search for new bodies.
‘We are open minded and active, we look at opportunities. We still try to bring at least one player as we were hit by the suspension to Flamini and the injury to Ramsey. A midfielder is one of the solutions,’ Wenger said on Friday.
‘I would scrap the winter transfer window. It is 80-20 we will do something else today. The window is a distraction from the competition. I can understand the interest but it’s not football.’
Ramsey, 23, has been one of the stand-out performers this season and played a key part in helping the side into a position to challenge for their first league crown since 2004.
Blow: Arsenal midfielder Ramsey will miss ‘four to six weeks’ with his thigh injury
Source : Daily Mail