Lazio snap up Klose
Lazio have confirmed the signing of Germany striker Miroslav Klose. The 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Serie A outfit and joins on a free transfer after leaving Bayern Munich.
Talks with Bayern over a new deal broke down earlier this week and Klose has wasted little time in getting fixed up with a new club.
Klose had also been a target for Turkish side Galatasaray and Primera Division club Valencia but opted for Lazio instead.
The former Werder Bremen forward endured a disappointing campaign for Bayern in 2010/11, scoring just one goal in 20 Bundesliga appearances.
Poland-born Klose made his name at Kaiserslautern before joining Bremen in 2004 and then Bayern in 2007.
He helped Bayern to the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in his first year at the club and was also instrumental as they reclaimed the league title in 2010 and reached the final of the UEFA Champions League.
He has won 109 caps for Germany, scoring 61 times, and his record of 14 goals in FIFA World Cup™ finals is second only to Brazil's Ronaldo.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito was thrilled with the arrival of the German striker.
"I am very happy," Lotito said. "He is a signing of international level. I have spoken to (Lazio coach Edy) Reja and he is over the moon. Klose was one of the transfer requests made by our coach and we have succeeded."
Lotito, whose team will be playing in the UEFA Europa League next season after ending the campaign in fifth place, confirmed the team will continue to be strengthened this summer. "It's not over yet," he said. "The transfer market is long and it has only just started."