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Lukas Podolski voted the second worst January signing in Serie A

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Inter Milan forward Lukas Podolski has been voted one of the worst signings from the January transfer market.

The German international was brought in by Roberto Mancini on a six-month loan from Premier League side Arsenal, with a view of making it permanent in the summer.

However, the permanent option has already been rejected and Podolski will return to England once his loan spell is up in Italy after he has failed to impress during his brief time at the San Siro.

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Below Par

Podolski has so far made nine appearances for Inter and has failed to net a single goal during his time there. Things have got even worse for him now that he's been voted as one of the worst January signings.

The 29-year-old was already dealt a blow by Mancini after he confirmed that he wouldn't be eligible for his Europa League squad due to UEFA rulings and now the forward has come second in an online poll which is something he wouldn't want to his name.

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Poll

The poll was done by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, and the Arsenal loanee finished second after picking up 36% of the votes, finishing second behind AC Milan flop Alessio Cerci, who received 46% of the votes.

Podolski was desperate to leave north London in the winter window after gradually falling down the pecking order under Arsene Wenger, and Inter were the club to give him a chance in the first-team, but so far, he hasn't repaid them with his performances on the pitch.

Mancini Critical

After their latest game against Fiorentina, Mancini was very critical about the German's performance and admitted that he must give more if he wants to remain in the first team.

"Podolski? Obviously he is someone who must give more, and we are sure that he can give us more," he said.

"Because at the moment, it’s not enough."

Podolski slowly fell away at Arsenal after the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck over the Summer, but so far, he has failed to impress during his loan spell away which means he is likely to return to the Emirates Stadium in the Summer.

The German will hold talks with Wenger regarding his future once his loan spell expires in Italy, but early indications are that he will be off permanently no matter what.

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