Roma prepare January offer for Lukas Podolski

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Lukas Podolski is certainly a player that has given his all to Arsenal since joining in 2012 with his 19 goals in 60 appearances, but a lack of game time has led to an urgent willingness to find a new club and with AS Roma in the frame, a move to the Italian giants could be on in January, according to the Daily Express.

Former Arsenal winger Gervinho made the switch to Roma in the summer of 2013 but his scheduled departure to the African Cup of Nations will leave a huge crater awaiting to be accommodated.

The player most likely to take that place is Lukas Podolski whilst Gervinho is with the Ivory Coast on international duty, but Roma will have to fork out a hefty £90,000-a-week wages in order to lure to German to the Stadio Olimpico in January, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of manager Rudi Garcia.

As Garcia is also targeting Gunners outcast Joel Campbell, with the Premier League side also chasing Roma's goal machine Mattia Destro, an outstanding exchange of £35 million could see the switch eventually go through.

With Podolski and Campbell unhappy with the amount of playing time that they are being awarded with by Arsene Wenger, they are desperate for a move away from the Emirates and with Roma showing relentless interest, they could take the deal with both hands.

The duo have made a handful of Champions League appearances for Arsenal this season, and while Joel Campbell is yet to open his goalscoring account with the first team, his German teammate has hit the back of the net three times in the European tournament so far this campaign including a brace against Galatasaray earlier this month.

As far as the league is concerned for the former Koln striker, he has failed to score in just six appearances in contrast to his satisfactory eight goals in 20 league games last season. 

Whilst Arsenal are still looking for a more consistent forward, Mattia Destro remains the only player in the headlights and therefore could force a deal to happen with the Serie A club as the Gunners' desperate need for goals from the striker department awaits sustainability.

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