Germany striker Podolski has revealed he is considering leaving Cologne, his hometown club that he returned to after his successful spell at Bayern in 2009, but he insists he is no rush to make a final decision and will hold discussions with the club soon.
He told ZDF television after netting a brace in his side’s 2-2 draw with Stuttgart:
I will talk to Cologne before anybody else and see what they have to say. Of course I am getting plenty of offers and I expect more of them to arrive to me, to my agent or to my club in the coming weeks, but I repeat: I must first talk to Cologne.
I have become more relaxed about things in general. There is no rush. I will just sit down and discuss things with Cologne and then we will have to see.
Podolski, 26, only has 18 months remaining on his contract and reported discussions over an extension have stalled. The German international has emerged as a key target for the Gunners as an alternative option for captain Van Persie, and many Arsenal fans have been crying for his signature.
The prolific striker has already signaled his admiration for the North London outfit, however do not expect a move to eventuate this January. Wenger should really attempt to test the waters and Colognes resolve with a bid this winter transfer window so then they have sufficient depth to challenge for the three remaining competitions.