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Donovan In, Podolski Out?

With Bayern Munich clearly interested in the prospect of signing Landon Donovan, the German champion's unsettled striker Lukas Podolski has stated anew that he wants to leave. The German national team forward has been unsettled at Bayern ever since moving from Cologne in the summer of 2006, and has rarely been a first-choice forward for Juergen Klinsmann this season. Bayern's coach Uli Hoeness said last week that no one was leaving and that there'd be no new signings. Podolski, though, wants out.

"I've come to the decision that I want to leave the club in winter," said Podolski. He added that despite a contract that runs until the summer of 2010, he had already informed Bayern of his wishes. The question of where is answered by the home-sick Podolski's frequently expressed wish to return to Cologne.

Fans in Cologne would dearly love him back, and are already pondering ways to finance his purchase, given that Bayern would certainly demand the $13 million transfer fee that it paid for the player back in 2006. A financial adviser and Cologne fan has already outlined his plan to float a $25 million 'Poldi-bond' that could both buy the player and pay his salary.

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