Arsenal & Spurs' want €15m 'Raul-replacement' target

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Schalke are planning a summer bid for Cologne striker and reported Arsenal and Tottenham target Lukas Podolski, according to German newspaper Bild.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with the Rhein Energie Stadion exit door, after the German international questioned the club's European qualification credentials.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of Podolski, and is believed to be keen to bring him to White Hart Lane in a bid to strengthen his forward options.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also been credited with an interest, as he looks to add a striker to his Emirates Stadium squad in January to ease the pressure on Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie.

However, both Tottenham and Arsenal will now face competition from Schalke, who are prepared to offer their Bundesliga rivals €15million for Podolski's signature - as they line up a replacement for veteran striker Raul.

Podolski's current contract is set to expire in June 2013 and he has already revealed that he plans to leave the club in the summer.

Whilst England is regarded as an attractive proposition for the talented striker, Podolski may in fact prefer to remain in his native Germany - meaning Schalke are the current front-runners to agree a deal.

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