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Chelsea should plot January bid for Klose

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With around £60 million worth of striking talent currently at their disposal, it could be somewhat surprising and even infuriating for many that Chelsea are experiencing such a notable crisis with their forward unit at present.

Under their second spell under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, the Blues have enjoyed a rather mundane start to the 2013/14 campaign. While they are not in any real danger of prematurely being left behind in the title race, they have thus far been very far from their vintage best and this is partly - but by no means solely - due to their vastly underwhelming strikers.

Having inexplicably allowed talented Belgian starlet to join Premier League rivals Everton on a season-long loan deal, Mourinho has been left with the rather uninspiring trio of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and new signing Samuel Eto'o.

While Ba has barely been given an opportunity to showcase his ability this season, Torres is still yet to justify his eye-watering price tag while veteran Eto'o has been a substantial disappointment and highly ineffective during the early stages of his career at Stamford Bridge. 

With none of those disappointing aforementioned three yet to register on the scoresheet in the top-flight so far this season, it stands to reason that Mourinho will surely be looking to bolster his attacking options when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.

Although many star names will inevitably be linked with the West London outfit, as Chelsea among countless other teams have proved in the past, January is an incredibly risky time to seek to address a long-term issue with expensive, big-name recruits. 

Rather, it is an infinitely better idea to seek to provide short-term solutions for such problems before looking to solve them on a grander scale during the summer. For Chelsea, I believe experienced German striker Miroslav Klose could certainly represent such an option.

Although he is now entering the twilight of a hugely successful career at 35-years-old, Klose still boasts a consistent and reliable eye for goal. Now plying his trade in Serie A with Lazio, the evergreen German international - who remains the joint-second highest scorer in World Cup history - is still posing a genuine penalty box threat in one of Europe's strongest leagues. 

Although huge question marks would inevitably arise over his age, if Chelsea were actively searching for a short-term cure to their current ailments then Klose's proven pedigree makes him an ideal candidate. While it is true that he has no previous experience of the English top-flight, his formidable record in other European leagues and at the very highest echelons of international football more than compensates for that.

With his contract in Serie A due to expire at the end of the season, it is very possible that Lazio could be persuaded to sell the experienced marksman in the new year for a nominal fee. The more pressing issue might perhaps surround whether Klose still has the drive, passion and determination to compete for honours in one of the world's most-prestigious competitions.

The player himself revealed that he has already had offers to travel and play in America's Major League Soccer as well as former club Kaiserslautern and it may be that he would prefer to see out his current deal at Lazio before taking a markedly easier route to eventual retirement.

With Eto'o having been accused of arguably lacking in hunger after a stint with troubled Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, the last thing Chelsea would need is two ageing forwards whose will and drive to succeed has greatly diminished.

However, if Klose can indeed provide assurances that he remains intent on adding to his list of honours before he finally hangs up his boots for good, then he could still prove a remarkable bargain.

Mourinho will have to properly address Chelsea's striker issues once and for all before too long, that much is for definite.

However, if the Portuguese is looking for a short-term option who is almost guaranteed to provide goals, then Klose could well be the man. He would certainly prove more effective than Eto'o.

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