The 31-year-old midfielder, who has over 100 caps for Sweden, is set to finalise his move to the Gunners, but Lazio have refused to sanction the sale of their German striker
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Kim Kallstrom has completed an Arsenal medical and is set to finalise a loan move until the end of the season, but Goal understands that the Swedish midfielder will not be joined at Emirates Stadium by Miroslav Klose.
The Gunners had centred their deadline-day attention on loan deals for Lazio striker Klose and Spartak Moscow midfielder Kallstrom, with Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata identified as a back-up forward option.
Arsenal contract fixer Dicky Law was in Italy on Friday to negotiate a deal for veteran Germany striker Klose. There were indications that the player was keen to join but the Londoners could not agree a deal with the Serie A club.
Arsenal could move back in for Morata but time is running out for new arrivals as the clock ticks down to the 11pm transfer deadline.
Arsene Wenger decided to reinforce his central midfield after learning, as revealed by Goal on Tuesday, that Aaron Ramsey is out for up to six weeks following a training ground injury sustained to his thigh injury on Monday.
Blaise Matuidi was Wenger’s No.1 target but the France international has decided to extend his Paris Saint-Germain contract. The Arsenal boss then turned to Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, but was put off by the £15 million valuation placed on the Saints midfielder.
Wenger eventually sanctioned a move for Kallstrom and the 31-year-old arrived at Arsenal’s London Colney training base on Friday for personal talks and to undergo a medical, which he has now passed.