Galatasaray not giving up on Koln's Lukas Podolski

The Turkish club are refusing to let go of the idea to sign the ex-Bayern Munich striker, but are facing hard resistance from the Billy Goats, who are unwilling to sell
Turkish giants Galatasaray are set to continue their pursuit of Koln attacker Lukas Podolski as revealed by club officials.

The Yellow-Reds have seen their initial attempts to secure the signature of the Germany international rebuffed as the Bundesliga club refuse to negotiate.

Despite statements from Koln coach Stale Solbakken and club captain Pedro Geromel that Podolski will not leave the Bundesliga outfit, the ex-Bayern Munich striker is yet to rule out a move to Turkey this summer.

"We just have to sit on the table with Koln's management, then we can make a deal [for Podolski] quickly," Galatasaray officials told Express.

However, Koln's Claus Horstmann was quick to make clear that selling the Germany international is not an option for the club.

"We are not willing to negotiate and have clearly expressed our view on the matter," the general manager said in his official response.

Lukas Podolski revealed he is aware of Galatasaray's interest, but refused to comment on the transfer: "I know that Gala would like to sign me. Koln expressed their position on this matter. There is nothing more to say."

The Germany international returned to the Billy Goats from Bayern Munich in 2009 for a sum thought to be in the region of €10 million.