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As Barcelona are marred by injuries, they look to to sign a striker who can make an impact and Miroslav Klose is just one of the three candidates.


Barcelona are out to make a veteran striker signing in January? This is interesting, indeed.

Apparently, the Catalans want an experienced man who is capable of making an instant impact.

This  came about after manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino convinced President Sandro Rosell and sports chief Andoni Zubuzarreta on the need to make such a move.

And Barca have already shortlisted three candidates, according to Punto Pelota.

They are Benfica's Oscar Cardozo, Nelson Valdez of Qatari club Al Jazira and Lazio's Miroslav Klose.

Who is the favourite to land the job as that so-called 'instant killer'?

Germany international Klose, 35, seems to be the answer if Barca do execute their plan to hire an 'old gun'.

He is a proven goal-machine who can effectively pounce on an opportunity to get the ball at the back of the net.

And Barca do create many chances with players like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Neymar, Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and Xavi around.   

Klose will be a new dimension in Barca attack, so to speak... scary.

In a latest interview, Klose said he wants to continue playing for country and club until 2016 but will reassess his position after the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Klose is Germany's joint-leading scorer of all time alongside the legendary Gerd Muller with 68 goals.

Meanwhile, Paraguay international Cardozo, 30, is a powerful striker who stands at 6ft 4in.

Cardozo has a lethal left foot and is deadly with headers. He has scored nine goals for his national team and has been capped 46 times.

Valdez, 29, is also a Paraguay international and has 66 appearances for his country with 12 goals to show.

Anyway, in another development, Neymar suffered a hip injury during training with Brazil on Wednesday in preparation for the friendly against South Korea in Seoul.

Hopefully for the neutrals, the injury is not that bad as the 21-year-old sensation has been performing well as of late.

Messi is also facing this persistent thigh problem.

Leftback Jordi Alba's misfortunes continued as well when he suffered another injury – this time to the back of his left thigh. He will be out for around six weeks.

This injury occurred just when Alba was coming to the end of the recuperation process of his other leg.

Almost a week ago, Alba suffered a hamstring injury to his right thigh during the match against Sevilla.

He will now miss that El Clasico clash against Real Madrid on Oct 26 at Nou Camp.

Martino must be praying hard that Neymar and Messi will be fully fit for that much-anticipated clash where Gareth Bale may be in action for Real, or is he?

Oh yes... Real followed up the signing of Bale with another sensational swoop.

They have tied up a deal for Japanese starlet Takuhiro Nakai, who will go straight into their youth system.

Never heard of him? That's because Nakai is only nine.

But Nakai nicknamed Pipi, has long been an internet sensation, having showed his talents on Japanese television at the age of seven.

And now, fans are already anticipating a future showdown between Nakai and another Japanese wonderkid, Takefusa Kubo, who was signed by Barca last year.

Nicknamed as the “Japanese Messi”, 12-year-old Kubo has risen from the Catalans' La Masia youth system after he was seen by talent scouts a few years back.

Just wonder when will Malaysia be able to produce a wonderkid, who can attract big clubs.