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  22/12/2011: Morning Coffee with... Ben
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With the January transfer market fast approaching, I have taken the time to consider who I think Lazio should acquire when the window opens. The season so far has been kind to the Biancoceleste, sitting in fourth position but only four points from the summit of Serie A. Whilst playing in the Europa League as well as participating in League action, it is understandable there maybe a few tired legs in the camp. Injuries in the squad have been regular, missing numerous key players since the season began. After qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa league midweek, this may prompt Claudio Lotito to spend some more money. And if ambitions are to be high regarding the Scudetto, the director of sport Igli Tare will have to bring in some quality players who fit into Edy Reja’s gameplan. I don’t think Lazio are in need of defenders, but added strength to the midfield and attack is vital.

Angelo Palombo - Now plying his trade in Serie B due to Sampdoria being relegated last season, Angelo Palombo has been Sampdoria’s stand out player for a while now. With president Edoardo Garrone mentioning recently “You need motivation to play in the second division. If Palombo doesn’t have that, then it will be difficult to reach an agreement. It’s an issue of motivation, not money”. This will put a host of Serie A clubs on high alert, and is almost certainly a player Lazio are lacking in the midfield. Maybe a guarantee of first team football and living in the Capital may persuade the star to join.

Milos Krasic - When joining Juventus at the beginning of last season, the Serbian international was touted as the new Pavel Nedved. He had a good start to life in Turin but coming into the second half of last season, seemed to lose his way somewhat. Since new manager Antonio Conte has been at the helm, Krasic hasn’t featured in his plans so far. Making just six appearances this term the winger is keen to get playing time, wether that means a loan move or permanent, he would work wonderfully on the right side of Lazio’s midfield in front of defender Abdoulay Konko.

Lukas Podolski - Rumoured to have welcomed a move to the Capital recently according to the player’s agent. However, there is interest from a host of European clubs in the German International. Former team mate Miroslav Klose might be able to tempt the player to join having played alongside the 26 year old at Bayern Munich. Like Klose, Podolski was also born in Poland and raised in Germany. He is versatile and can provide extra strength for what is at the moment, a weakened squad. The player would adapt to Italian football instantly, just as his fellow countryman Klose has. Signing the German would be a signal of intent from Edy Reja.

Ivica Olic - Also a former team mate of Lazio’s goal getter, the Croatian international has dropped down the pecking order at current club Bayern Munich. Featuring just seven times this season for Bayern, is apparently looking to start a new adventure and Lazio are very keen on the striker. The Biancoceleste are in need of further attacking options after summer signing Djibril Cisse seems to be struggling of late.

Zdravko Kuzmanovic - Strongly linked with a move to Lazio recently, the Serbian International has caused quite an interest from numerous clubs. Juventus are also keen on the playmaker who has impressed over the past few years. The players agent is also the agent of Edy Reja, this may be a key factor in negotiations for the midfielder. He would add depth which has been lacking of late due to injuries, and with Stefano Mauri still on the sidelines, would give the manager less of a selection headache.

Davide Biondini - The Cagliari player has made a big impression in recent seasons, catching the eye of Cesare Prandelli and making his International debut against Netherlands in late 2009. The creative midfielder is a key player for Cagliari but a move to Lazio could be tempting. Sitting close to the top of the table and competing in Europe is something he may not be able to do in Sardinia.

Filippo Inzaghi - Yes, Super Pippo. At the age of 38 seems to be falling out of favour at Milan, and is looking to move on to gain first team football again. Lazio are apparently showing interest in the veteran, which has caused divided opinions. What would he bring to the squad? Personally I think he could provide something, maybe a little help for Miroslav Klose. If Lazio sign a good Trequartista in January I don’t think a six month deal for the striker would do any harm at all.

Florent Malouda - Another rumour? An exciting one nevertheless. Linked with the Biancocelsti recently and seems to have got tongues wagging in the Capital. Would be just what Edy Reja needs in midfield, creating chances and chipping in with goals. The thirty one year old French international wouldn’t be cheap though with two years remaining on his current contract at Chelsea. He maybe tempted by French teammate Djibril Cisse to join the club.

Whether the president will open the cheque book in January remains to be seen, but with all of the rumours that are starting to arise, it would be disappointing not to see anyone arrive in the Mercato. It is evident Lazio are in need of added depth, and Laziali will be disappointed not to see any new faces arrive.

chitts nz 12/23/2011 12:20:20 PM
i like the idea of buying either palombo or m.parolo and getting krasic on loan. not that keen on inzaghi as he doesnt give you alot of creativity (and we already have klose/kozak for that target man role)and floccari to come back from loan (next season tho). olic would be a cheap and good option up front imo. what about giovinco..he would go good at lazio
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