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Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has confirmed the club would be interested in signing Italy’s World Cup-winning striker Luca Toni.

“He’s a guarantee to score goals, he has character and always helps the team; he’s a special player.,” Beckenbauer told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I really hope he comes.”

Asked if Bayern had already agreed a deal with Fiorentina to sign Toni, Beckenbauer said: “I don’t know, I can only say that Bayern needs new blood. All transfers are handled by (Karl-Heinz) Rummenigge and (Uli) Hoeness.”

“We need people who will fight on the ground for the club and there are many of them.

“Toni seems to me the ideal. Bayern must come back winning.”

Last weekend Sport-Bild reported that Toni had already agreed to sign for Bayern at the end of the season in a deal worth 18 million euros.

Bayern, currently fourth in the Bundesliga, look like missing out on Champions League qualification for next season and coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has promised sweeping changes for the next campaign.

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