After securing their Bundesliga status on Monday, Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner confirmed the club’s interest in signing free agent Miroslav Klose.
The Eagles clung on to their top-flight status by the narrowest of margins, claiming a 2-1 aggregate win over Nuremberg in the promotion/relegation play-off.
With that objective now achieved, the club is looking to bolster their squad to make sure they do not find themselves in a similar situation next season and have targeted Germany’s all-time top goalscorer.
“Maybe I ignited this discussion a bit because I think he’s a fantastic player. His personality, his appearance,” Hubner told Sky Sports. “It would be a dream if such a player would join us.”
However, the sporting director did admit the player’s age and financial demands could prove to be significant stumbling blocks to a deal being made.
“On the one hand, we need to be careful regarding his fitness. Can he still do it in Bundesliga? And on the other hand, the question whether we can do it financially,” he explained.
Klose, who has scored 121 Bundesliga goals during stints for Kaiserslautern, Bremen and Bayern, is available on a free transfer after his contract with Napoli expired at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
The Serie A club made no move to extend the 37-year-old’s contract, despite the fact he equaled the club record for goals by a foreign player, paving the way for a return to Germany.
“They never spoke to me. I can’t do everything by myself. It’s not as if I decided to leave,” Klose stated.