Lukas Podolski insists he has not finalised a deal to join Arsenal at the end of the season, and instead suggested he would favour a move to Lazio so he could play alongside countryman Miroslav Klose.

 

Reports suggested earlier this week that Podolski’s move to Arsenal was on the cusp of being completed, with the Gunners sending a medical team to Germany in order for the Cologne striker to undergo a medical.

 

Last month it was reported Arsenal had agreed a £10.9 million fee with Cologne for the striker as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, however the 26-year-old’s agent refuted claims that a medical had taken place and that the deal was done yesterday.

 

The German international appears to have now put the breaks on speculation by insisting his future has ‘yet to be decided’ while also suggesting he would favour a move to Lazio in order to be reunited with his former International colleague Klose.

 

“It would be great to play alongside him again,” Il Corriere dello Sport quotes Podolski as saying. “Miro has spoken well of Lazio and he’s happy in Rome.

 

“My future has yet to be decided."

 

Podolski has impressed this season for his boyhood club, bagging 16 goals in 21 games, making him joint-third highest scorer in the Bundesliga this season.

 

Arsenal are keen to add to their attacking line up for next season after seeing Robin van Persie shoulder much of the responsibility for scoring the goals that will fire them to a top four spot during this campaign.

 

The Dutchman has found the back of the net 26 times in the Premier League so far, however the club’s second highest top scorer, Theo Walcott, has just eight goals to his name.

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