Arsenal outcast Lukas Podolski has revealed Wolfsburg are interested in offering him a route back to the Bundesliga.
Podolski, 29, has played just 73 minutes of football for the Gunners this term, circumstances that have left him with little choice but to consider his future, having received no assurances from Arsene Wenger.
Both Schalke and his former club Cologne have distanced themselves from bids for the player but, speaking to Bild, the German international has confirmed Wolfsburg have made enquiries ahead of the January transfer window.
"I only know from my consultant that Mr Allofs [Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg's sporting director] has inquired after me," Podolski told the German daily.
Podolski has not started a single game in the Premier League or the Champions League this term, with his only full appearance coming in the Capital One Cup in a 2-1 defeat to Southampton. Even during Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott's absences earlier in the campaign, the former Bayern Munich forward failed to force his way into Arsene Wenger's plans.
Podolski has two years remaining on his contract but recently told Kicker he will not wait around if he continues to cut a peripheral figure in north London.
"I like London, I like the club. But I don't like the situation. I am not a clown who will just sit out his contract in the stands," he said.
"I need to seek talks with Arsene Wenger. I want a fair chance. Just let me play. And when I have played 10 games and have not convinced [Wenger], I'll gladly join the end of the queue again."