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The Bundesliga outfit are ready to cash in on a number of players in order to raise funds to keep their star player at the club

Bundesliga outfit Koln are preparing to sell Kevin Pezzoni, Alexandru Ionita, Sebastian Freis, Tomoaki Makino and Miro Varvodic in order to raise funds for winter reinforcements in an attempt to hold on to star player Lukas Podolski, Bild reports.

The Germany international has a contract until the summer of 2013, and is continually being linked with a move to a bigger club. Nevertheless, Koln are keen to hold on to the attacker and are planning to open talks about a new deal early in January.

Podolski, however, wants the club to strengthen their squad in order to be able to fight for the European places before signing a new deal.

As such, Koln are reportedly ready to sell the aforementioned five players in order to generate funds to bring in reinforcements.

Koln have a €25 million debt at the moment and desperately need to cash in on a number of players before being able to add fresh blood to their squad.