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Podolski to wait for the summer

Image: Lukas Podolski: The Germany international is out of contract in 2013

Reported Arsenal target Lukas Podolski has as good as ruled out making a move away from Cologne in January.

Germany international wary of moving before Euro 2012

Reported Arsenal target Lukas Podolski has as good as ruled out making a move away from Cologne in January. The Germany international, who has also been linked with Lazio, wants to wait until the summer to make a decision on his future and, with Euro 2012 in mind, is wary of sacrificing a guaranteed first-team place Cologne for an uncertain a new career in England or Italy. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he is not interested in Podolski, but speculation continues to suggest the Emirates Stadium boss wants the forward as cover for Gervinho. The Ivory Coast international will leave for the African Cup of Nations in January and, after scoring 14 goals in 16 league games this season, Podolski is viewed as an ideal replacement. Poland-born Podolski is delaying contract talks with Cologne, with his current deal set to expire in 2013, but he is also adamant this is not a tactic to force a move in January.

Pressures

He is quoted as saying: "I have always said that I have not been dictated by the pressures of time when deciding my future. "I do not believe in lightning strikes, I must be clear. I believe that I will see everything in the summer. "With Cologne, I hope to get as high as possible. I want to exceed the number of goals I scored last season. "With the national team, I want to play in the European Championship in Poland, my homeland. "We are among the favourites and our dream is to win the trophy. We cannot hide." Podolski's agent, Kon Schramm, has also told the Guardian a move in the Bundesliga's winter break is, "all but impossible". Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news on Sky Sports News Radio. Listen live here or via the Sky Sports app on your phone.

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