'No plans to sell' Arsenal striker target

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Cologne general manager Volker Finke has reiterated that the club will do their best to keep hold of striker Lukas Podolski amid reported interest from Arsenal.

The 26-year-old German international is under contract with the Bundesliga side until June 2013, but having recently intimated that he is open to the possibility of a move, speculation has grown that he could leave in January.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Podolski, and is also rumoured to be tracking a number of other German prospects - namely Borussia Dortmund duo Mario Gotze and Kevin Grosskreutz.

However, the likelihood of all three players moving to the Emirates Stadium in January is slim, with Arsenal's cautious approach in the transfer market common knowledge to everybody.

And although Wenger has been consistently linked with Podolski, nothing concrete has yet materialised, and Cologne insists they are not interested in selling to the Gunners or anyone else.

"Lukas Podolski is our most valuable player at the moment," Finke said in an official statement. "We want him to enjoy life at our club.

"And we will surely explore all possibilities to make him stay at Cologne in the future."

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