Monday, 24 November 2008

Man City, Spurs & Real Madrid On Alert As Podolski Demands January Bayern Exit

German International Lukas Podolski has put Premier League clubs Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur along with La Liga side Real Madrid on red alert after the striker declared that he has told present club Bayern Munich that he wants to leave when the transfer window opens in January.

Podolski has been at Bayern since joining from Cologne in 2006, but has found limited first-team opportunities under new manager Jurgen Klinsman this season and is now ready to quit the Allianz Arena this winter.

“I have made my mind up that I would like to leave the club in the winter,” Podolski told the Bild newspaper.

“I have already told the management that I want to leave this winter.”

23-year-old Podolski had been heavily linked with a move to Spurs during the summer, with the North London club reportedly ready to make a fresh approach in January to lure the prolific forward from the Allianz Arena giants to White Hart Lane.

City, with all their financial backing after being taken over by the ADUG have been strongly linked with a move for Podolski in January, with manager Mark Hughes said to be a big fan of the striker, who has scored 31 goals in 60 caps for Germany. The Blues are also understood to have had an offer for Podolski turned down in the summer by Bayern.

Real had also shown an interest in Podolski in the summer and could reignite their interest in bringing the German to the Bernabeu due to Los Merengues striker Ruud van Nistelrooy being ruled out through injury for the rest of the season.

However, former club Cologne could also feature, with the Bundesliga side having first option on Podolski should the striker’s transfer request be granted by Bayern.

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