AS Roma are plotting a January loan-move for Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, with Gervinho set to miss a month due to African Cup of Nations duty.
The German international, who was part of their World Cup winning team over the Summer, has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium after the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, and in recent months, he's been very open about his future.
The 29-year-old has told Arsene Wenger that he wants formal talks with him in the New Year in order to sort out an arrangement regarding his future, with first-team opportunities few and far between for the forward.
Despite labelling Podolski as 'the best finisher he's ever worked with', Wenger is still reluctant to feature the German and still uses him as an impact player from the subs bench.
Over the last few months, Podolski has vented his frustrations at his bit-part role in North London and could well be on his way in January.
According to recent reports, Arsenal are considering selling the forward and also Joel Campbell, who is considered a fringe player, in order to raise funds to sign Serie A duo, Mattia Destro and Marek Hamsik.
Podolski has been strongly linked with Inter Milan in recent weeks, but this morning it's been suggested that Rudi Garcia may launch a loan-move for the forward.
Roma are set to lose star-man, Gervinho, next month due to the African Cup of Nations, and Garcia is keen to find a temporary replacement and sees Podolski as the perfect option.
However, a potential stumbling block is the player's weekly-wage.
Podolski currently sits on £90,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, and Roma could not afford that sum, so they would have to come to an agreement with Arsenal regarding how much percentage of the wage they pay.
Gervinho is likely to miss the whole of January with Ivory Coast, and Garcia is keen to bring someone in when the transfer window opens up.