English Premiership

Podolski passes Inter medical

2015-01-03 17:08
Lukas Podolski (AP Photo)

Rome - Lukas Podolski completed a medical check on Saturday at Inter Milan after the Serie A club reportedly agreed final details on signing the Germany striker on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season.

Podolski left a clinic at Rozzano near Milan after the examination. Italian media reports said the 29-year-old striker was expected to seal agreement on a move later in the day after lunching with Inter coach Roberto Mancini.

A first training session was also scheduled later, reports said.

Podolski arrived in Milan late on Friday where he was greeted by hundreds of Inter fans and was photographed wearing the club scarf.

The two clubs have yet to confirm the loan deal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday Inter had returned with an offer after describing an initial approach from the Serie A club as "farcical."

"After, they come back a bit more serious," he said. "We will see what happens. Is the move inevitable? Inevitable in a transfer is very difficult to say but we'll see what happens. Of course, Podolski is open (to the move)."

Podolski has started only two matches for Arsenal this season and made 12 appearances in all in the current term, scoring three goals.

He missed Thursday's 2-0 defeat at Southampton with what Wenger described as a "tight groin."

According to Britain's Telegraph newspaper, an initial loan to Inter could be followed by the option of a £5 million permanent transfer at the end of the season.

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