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Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Miroslav Klose, Salomon Kalou Tipped to Boost Gunners

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 06:  Miroslav Klose of SS Lazio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Olimpico on January 6, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

Arsenal will launch late bids to bolster their attacking firepower with the signings of Miroslav Klose and Salomon Kalou, according to reports.

Wayne Veysey of Goal.com suggests the Gunners have representation in Italy ready to grab Klose from Lazio.

"Goal understands that Arsenal contract-fixer Dick Law is in Italy to finalise a deal for veteran German striker Klose," Veysey writes.

BERGAMO, ITALY - OCTOBER 29:  Miroslav Klose of SS Lazio in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at San Siro Stadium on October 30, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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MailOnline Sport reinforces this suggestion, claiming the former Bayern Munich striker will be on his way to England by the end of the transfer window on Jan. 31:

Former Chelsea striker Kalou is also thought to be in the running for an Emirates move, as revealed by Jack Wilson of the Daily Star: "The Lille star, 28, is seen as a low-cost option and he has let it be known he is keen on a return to London. Wenger won't have it all his own way, though. Tottenham and Liverpool are poised to rival the Gunners for his signature."

Both players represent useful signings for Arsene Wenger.

In Klose, he would be getting one of world football's all-time greatest goalscorers, the kind of player who can stick the ball away from anywhere around the box.

LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 03:  Dit Henrique of Bordeaux battles with Salomon Kalou of Lille during the Ligue 1 match between LOSC Lille Metropole v FC Girondins de Bordeaux at the Grand Stade Lille-Metropole on March 3, 2013 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Jamie
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Despite suffering an injury-ravaged season, Klose has managed five goals in 15 Serie A appearances for Lazio, per WhoScored.com.

At 35 years old, he remains a threat when provided with decent service. He takes up smart positions in the opposition's area, is strong in the air and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Indeed, Klose needs just one more World Cup finals goal to join Brazilian legend Ronaldo with a career total of 15, the current record.

He is the only player to have scored at least four goals in three separate World Cup competitions, highlighting a terrific level of consistency.

Kalou has far less international stature, but he does possess proven Premier League pedigree.

The Ivorian never quite managed to fulfill his potential during six years with Chelsea and was often used as a substitute, but he was a regular goalscorer at Stamford Bridge.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on January 13, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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He is able to play an out-and-out striker's role, attacking midfield or on either flank, providing ample support for the likes of Olivier Giroud. Kalou has seven goals in 22 Ligue 1 appearances this season, per WhoScored.com.

As reported by John Cross of the Mirror, Wenger is also set to strengthen Arsenal's midfield numbers with the signing of Kim Kallstrom from Spartak Moscow:

It seems Wenger is calling upon experience at this time in the season, not the potential £37 million deal for 20-year-old Julian Draxler, per ESPN.co.uk.

While many will be disappointed to see a move for the Schalke star fade away, both Klose and Kalou have the ability to significantly aid Arsenal's bid for silverware.

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