Podolski eyes Klose partnership
By Sam Hez & Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lukas Podolski has revealed he would like to see Miroslav Klose join him at Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski has revealed he would like to see in-demand striker Miroslav Klose join him at the Allianz Arena.
The Werder Bremen forward is one of the hottest transfer targets in the Bundesliga at the moment and has been linked with moves to Juventus and Barcelona.
Podolski feels that Bayern would be well advised to join the queue for the 28-year-old and would relish the chance to partner Klose in Ottmar Hitzfeld's team.
"I don't know who we are going to sign but it would be great if it would be Miro. We know each other very well as we both play in the national team and during the World Cup we proved that our partnership works fine," he told Bild.
"If he would join Bayern, it would also be a boost for the national team."
Bayern have recently started talks with World Cup winner Luca Toni, but the Fiorentina player appears to prefer to remain in Italy meaning a move for Klose could be on the cards.
Bremen are keen to keep the former Kaiserslautern forward - who has one year left on his contract at the Weserstadion - and have offered him a lucrative contract extension.
But rather than risk losing him on a free transfer in 2008, the club are expected to cash in on the é¼15million rated player this summer.
Meanwhile, Bayern defender Andreas Gorlitz has agreed a contract extension at the Allianz Arena.
The 25-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season.
"We will be signing a new two to three-year deal with Andreas Gorlitz in the next few days," general manager Uli Hoeness told the German press.
Gorlitz has been plagued by injury since making the switch from city rivals 1860 Munich in 2004. He has undergone five knee operations and spent a total of 27 months on the sidelines but has made an impressive return to first-team action in the last two months.
"Andreas Gorlitz is extremely ambitious and has worked extremely hard," said Hitzfeld.
"Other players would not have battled back from the sort of injury problems he has endured. He has really earned a new contract."