Ex-Bayern hitman opens £12.5m Arsenal transfer door

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Lukas Podolski has opened the door to a move to Arsenal in January, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror reports that the 26-year-old German international is hoping that the Gunners can reach an agreement with FC Cologne, who are willing to sell the player for £12.5 million.

Reports in Germany are claiming that the ex-Bayern Munich striker has fallen out of favour with the club's director of sport, Volker Finke, and managing director Claus Horstman admitted that the relations have broken.

"The two don’t have to love each other, but they must respect each other and trust each other," said Horstman.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sent scouts to watch the player on a number of occasions, according to the report, with the Frenchman considering his options in the opening month of 2012.

Whilst the north London outfit have made their move to bring Thierry Henry to the Emirates Stadium on loan, the poor form of Marouane Chamakh remains a long-term concern for the Arsenal boss post-March, when the club legend will return to America for the start of the MLS season.

With 14 goals in the Bundesliga this season, the 95-cap striker has been in scintilating form Die Geißböcke, and compatriot Per Mertesacker believes the forward would be a fantastic addition at Arsenal.

"He is a powerful, great player, especially for the national team. He has scored a lot of goals, is a good striker with a very good finish. His left foot is unbelievable and I am a fan of his," said the Gunners' summer signing.

Podolski's current deal in Germany expires in June 2013, and various other reports in the English press claim Arsenal could bring the player to the capital for as little as £10 million.

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