According to Toronto Sun reporter Kurt Larson, those reports are not true.
The Express report stated that the 30-year-old, who just agreed to a permanent transfer this winter from Arsenal to Galatasaray after spending the first half of the season in Turkey on loan, was to sign a four-year contract with Toronto FC worth $9 million per season. But Larson quoted an unnamed league source that claimed the report was “not true.”
Podolski to Major League Soccer could make sense, but not to Toronto, who already has three Designated Players who play significant minutes in Michael Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco, and Jozy Altidore. Unless the club was planning to dump one of them – a move which would be a true shock – the signing of Podolski to that type of contract would be virtually impossible. According to Larson, head coach Greg Vanney did say the club needed a striker, but of the less expensive variety.
The German has scored 10 Super Lig goals for Galatasaray this season, but the club is in a disappointing fifth position in the Turkish league table, which would be their lowest finish since they finished eighth in 2010/11.