Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of German international striker Lukas Podolski.
Just 24 hours after the FC Cologne forward played down chances of a move away from the RheinEnergieStadion, reports in The Daily Mail claim the 26-year-old is stalling on a new contract, and could entice Arsene Wenger into a move.
With 18 months left on his current deal, Die Geißböcke are eager to tie the former Bayern Munich hitman down to a long-term deal with the club.
However, Podolski has requested more time to consider his options, according to the paper, which could lead to the Arsenal boss renewing his interest in the £15 million-rated player.
Cologne are claiming that the talks were held 'in a positive and constructive atmosphere', although a previous rift between Podolski and Director of Sport Volker Finke remains a possible issue for both parties.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with a move for a striker this month, with club legend Thierry Henry set to move to the Emirates Stadium on loan for two months.
However, long-term concerns over Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young have left the Gunners' fans at least hoping their manager will turn to the transfer market as a way of solving their reliance on captain Robin Van Persie.
Podolski, Moussa Sow and Leandro Damiao have all been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, and time will tell as to whether the Frenchman will make a move in the remaining 27 days.