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The Eagles want to pick up the veteran frontman on loan...

SL Benfica are reportedly plotting a loan offer for Bayern Munich unsettled striker Luca Toni.

The Italy international signed for the Bavarian giants just two years ago, but he has been strongly linked with the exit door at the club after falling out with coach Louis van Gaal.

With the Dutch coach indicating Toni would not feature for the club again after voicing his wish to depart the Allianz Arena, it is believed the 32-year-old striker is considering his options as he hopes to find regular action ahead of the World Cup.

And, according to news daily Record, Benfica are ready to offer Toni a way out of his precarious situation as they want to secure the former Fiorentina man's services until the end of the season.

The Eagles are reportedly in the market for a new striker following Keirrison's failure to adapt to football in Europe, and Toni is regarded by coach Jorge Jesus as a quality alternative to Oscar Cardozo, who has netted 18 goals so far this season.

However, Benfica are expected to face stiff competition for Toni's signature, after Bayern president, Uli Hoeness, declared that the Italian forward, who cost them €11 million, can leave the club on a free transfer.

Luís Mira, Goal.com

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