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FC Cologne ask Arsenal to delay Podolski announcement

Arsenal are delaying an announcement over the signing of Lukas Podolski.

The London Evening Standard says Arsenal have been asked to delay an announcement confirming the arrival of Podolski because his current club Cologne are fearful of a supporters' backlash.

The Gunners had wanted to announce the £10.9million signing this week after completing negotiations. Standard Sport understands a four-year deal worth around £100,000 a week has been agreed between the two parties but Arsenal are sensitive to Cologne's situation and are happy to delay making the deal public.

Negotiations over when the striker's move will be announced are ongoing but the German club will drive the timing.

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