Bundesliga - Cologne hold preliminary Podolski talks. Cologne have held preliminary talks over a deal that could see Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski return to his former club. Podolski has admitted recently that he was seeking a move elsewhere after failing to hold a regular first-team place at the Bavarian giants, and a move back to the club he left in 2006 is now a distinct possibility. Cologne general manager Michael Meier said: "There have been talks recently between Cologne and Bayern and between Cologne and Podolski. We are now waiting for a signal." Bayern head coach Juergen Klinsmann - who left Podolski out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions league clash against Steaua Bucharest - said on Monday that Podolski was very much in his plans for the rest of the season at least. Klinsmann said: "We want to go into the second half of the season with four strikers and one of them is Lukas Podolski." However, following the Group F match - a 3-0 win for Bayern - club president Franz Beckenbauer admitted that there was a chance the Polish-born Germany international could leave. After the game, Klinsmann made another appeal for Podolski to stay, but Beckenbauer appeared open to the move. Beckenbauer said in a television interview while standing next to Klinsmann: "Money has a role in today's professional football and if somebody comes and makes us an adequate offer, we will sit down and discuss it. It's a difficult situation for Lukas and it's not surprising that he wants to leave and join a club where he would play more."