Werder Bremen chairman, Thomas Eichin has confirmed that the Bundesliga strugglers are trying to facilitate a potential move for former club hero, Miroslav Klose.
Klose, who scored 63 goals in 131 appearances in every competition for Werder during a three year spell at the Weserstadion between 2004-2007 has fallen out of contention at his current club Lazio.
Indeed, the 36 year old veteran who helped Germany to secure their fourth World Cup crown in Brazil last year is understood to be keen on a move away from the Italian capital after falling out of contention with current manager Stefano Pioli.
Klose set to leave Lazio
The striker who has also enjoyed spells at FC Kaiserslautern and Bayern Munich has only managed to score three goals in 15 Serie A appearances for Lazio this season, and is often being forced to start from the bench.
With Klose’s contract running out in the summer, and with the White and Blues uninterested in offering their veteran striker a new deal, it is understood that club president, Claudio Lotito is keen to move “Miro” on now rather than to let him leave for nothing in July.
The former Germany international who has publicly said that he would like to play football at a top level until he is at least 38, is attracting interest from several clubs both from the United States and the Middle-East.
Werder Bremen interest
However, Eichin is hopeful that Werder Bremen will be able to fend off more lucrative deals, by offering Klose the chance to return to the Bundesliga, with the relegation threatened cclub keen to bolster their attacking options.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, the 48 year old insisted that Bremen would be showing immediate interest if Klose was to be put on the transfer market this January.
He said: “Should Klose be available on the market it is something that we will look into,” Werder’s sports director, Thomas Eichin, told Sport Bild magazine. “He has a great Werder past and has a great name in Bremen.”
Indeed, if Klose was to be successful in a move back to the team which kick-started his career, he would be returning to a club who are not only in a financial mess but also in a poor state on the field of play.
However, manager Viktor Skripnik is adamant that Klose could be the answer to banish their goal-scoring woes, whilst also giving them the impetus to move out of the bottom three.
The 45 year old who finished his playing career at Bremen just before Klose joined the club on his first spell also voiced the views of Eichin by insisting that the River Islanders have a good chance of swooping for the Polish-born striker.
Skripnik also told Bild: “It would be a dream if (the move) all went according to plan. We would be stupid to say no. He is a super striker with great experience.”
It is currently understood that both parties are in the middle of talks regarding a potential €1 million switch.