Arsenal 'serious contenders' to sign German star - reports

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Arsenal are reportedly one of the leading candidates to sign FC Koln striker Lukas Podolski in January.

The Germany international has netted 10 goals in 13 appearances this season and, as ever, has been frequently linked with a move to a more high profile club.

Arsenal, in recent weeks, having been touted as potential suitors as Arsene Wenger scours the market for goalscoring reinforcements.

And now, according to Metro, Arsenal are 'serious contenders' along with Lazio to secure a deal for Podolski.

However, despite the Gunners reported to be pursuing the former Bayern Munich forward, Koln remain intent on keeping him at the club.

"Lukas Podolski is our most valuable player at the moment," said manager Volker Finke.

"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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