Sunday, 30 November 2008

Everton Lead Spurs, Man City & Real In Race For Podolski?


Everton are reportedly favourites ahead of Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City to sign want-away striker Lukas Podolski from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, according to The News of the World.

23-year-old Podolski, despite being a regular for the German national team has found limited opportunities this season under coach Jurgen Klinsman, who has preferred to play Miroslav Klose and Italian Luca Toni upfront for the Bundesliga giants.

Spurs and City along with La Liga Champions Real Madrid have all been heavily linked with a move for 23-year-old Podolski. Bayern chief, German legend Franz Beckenbauer declared last week that Podolski would be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena if the German clubs valuation of €15million was met.

Beckenbauer told Bild: “Everything in life has its price.

“Two and a half years ago, we paid €10 million. Now, the fee is €15 million.

“You cannot keep a professional if he is unhappy, on the bench, and not playing.

“Poldi does not quite fit into our way of playing. He is a top-class striker when he has space in front of him as he has the pace to run clear.

“But the teams we play against are usually very defensive, so we need players who can get into the penalty area – Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni in particular.”

Now the Sunday tabloid claims that the Toffees have entered into the frame to sign Podolski, with Everton manager David Moyes desperate to add some firepower at the Merseyside club in January after injuries to strikers Louis Saha and James Vaughan.

€15million would not be prohibitive for all three of the Premier League clubs, with it looking certain that Podolski will leave the Bundesliga club in January. However, whether Podolski chooses Goodison Park over the Eastlands, White Hart Lane or the Bernabeu remains to be seen.

Another option for Podolski could be a return to his former club Cologne, who have first option on the striker and have expressed an interest in bringing Podolski back to the Rhein Energie Stadion.

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