Arsenal convinced they have a deal in place for FC Cologne star Lukas Podolski. The Daily Mail says Podolski will become an Arsenal player at the end of the season after Cologne accepted a £10.9m bid for the Polish-born player.

An initial £18m asking price was dismissed by Arsenal, who began the bidding at around £8m. But with Podolski underlining his eagerness to join the Gunners by settling on personal terms, Arsenal came back with an improved offer that was accepted.

The striker's four-year deal is worth over £100,000 a week.