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Gunners and Spurs target ready for move

Podolski set for PL move in summer?

By | 28th November 2011

FC Cologne forward Lukas Podolski has indicated that he will consider all his transfer options at the end of the current season, insisting that he can “fit into any side in Europe.”

Podolski has been on the radar of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for quite a while and widespread reports in the English media suggested that Tottenham Hotspur were also keen on signing the Germany international.

Although Spurs boss Harry Redknapp played down the likelihood of any transfer activity in January, he could be forced to return to the market in the summer given the potential departures of Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe.

Both the Gunners and the Spurs have enjoyed terrific unbeaten runs lately as they push for Champions League qualification in a highly competitive English top flight.

Having tasted European football at the highest level with Bayern Munich earlier in his career, Podolski wants more of the same, which will certainly alert his suitors.

“I was told the plan was to get back into Europe here, but we have failed and of course I have to ask myself why,” Podolski told Die Welt newspaper.

Cologne, Podolski’s hometown club, have managed to secure only 16 points from their first 13 matches – a return that currently sees them in 11th place in the Bundesliga table.

Explaining how off-field issues such as coaching changes and board-level disagreements have been detrimental to the team’s focus, Podolski added: “Whenever I am with the national team, I always notice people shaking their heads when yet another story emerges from Cologne which has nothing to do with sport.”

Finally, he addressed his likelihood of joining a bigger club, stating: “My family and friends may live here and I know every corner of the city, but if I am in top condition, then I think I could fit into any side in Europe. I am not forced to stay only in Cologne.”

The 26-year old Podolski has had plenty of experience at a young age and the wealth of international exposure he brings is poised to bolster any front-line in Europe.



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