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Jurgen Klinsmann is set to be named as Germany’s new coach.

The former World Cup winner has had talks with the German Football Association (DFB) and admitted he is prepared to take on the job.

“I was pleased that the DFB accepted my offer to help with a view to preparing for the 2006 World Cup,” the former international striker said.

“This is the most important sporting event in Germany and I will help irrespective of what the role is.”

The 39-year-old, who now lives in the United States, said he had held a “frank and constructive discussion” with DFB president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder.

“I indicated that I was available to participate actively in putting in place new structures. We’ve decided to continue the talks,” he added.

Germany have been looking for a new coach since Rudi Voller resigned after a disappointing Euro 2004 campaign which saw them knocked out at the group stage.

The DFB have also approached veteran coach Holger Osieck, who was part of the Germany set-up at the 1990 World Cup, and he is set to be Klinsmann’s assistant. Oliver Bierhoff, who scored the winning goal for Germany at Euro 1996, is also understood to be in talks.

Bierhoff said: “It is a great step forward that the talks with Jurgen have been positive.

“It’s a good choice. Everybody knows I get on well with Jurgen and that I have a close relationship with the DFB and the national team.”

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