Newcastle Withdraw From Pierre-Michel Lasogga Chase

If all this news coming in about Newcastle’s attempts to get our transfer targets to Tyneside are true – then things are not going very well for the Tyneside club this summer.

lasogga with manager

Pierre-Michel Lasogga – with Hertha Berlin manager Michael Preetz
Also at the table was Pierre’s mother Kerstin
, who acts as her son’s agent

And there’s news today in the German publication Bild, that Newcastle have withdrawn from the race to sign 22 year-old Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who had a great season on loan at Hamburg in the Bundesliga last season.

It’s hard to believe the news in Bild, that the German U21 International, when he returns from his 9 day vacation – is ready to make a choice between signing a new deal at his Berlin club, or signing full time at Hamburg, but the news being reported is he will stay in Germany.

There has to be some question about how accurate this Bild report is,  because the 22 year-old has been reported not only to want to play in England, but indications are that he is even keen to join Newcastle United.

This is what he said fairly recently:

“Since I started to play football, my dream has been to play in Premier League.”

His mother Kerstin acts as his agent, and it seems she was also keen to get her son playing the Premier League for next season – and of course he only had one year left on his contract at Hertha Berlin.

However there has reportedly been a secret four hour meeting between the player, his mother Kerstin and Hertha Berlin manager Michael Preetz, and the photo above was taken at the Hotel Maritim at the Dusseldorf Airport – and was supposed to be where the secret meeting took place.

It is thought that a new offer was given to the player from Hertha Berlin, to counter an offer that has already been made by the Hamburg club.

The news being reported in Germany today is that Newcastle have now lost interest in the striker, and if that’s the case, it may be related to the transfer fee on his head – and we know Newcastle don’t like spending big fees on any player these days.

And Mike Ashley doesn’t seem to like spending money in the transfer market – period, full stop – and we wish he would prove us wrong on that.

No wonder the transfer windows leave  Newcastle fans feeling so frustrated – and now we have big money to spend – but we are still acting like a club that’s very poor and have to watch every penny – which is anything but the truth these days.

We have a hard job believing this news in Germany is accurate.

We hope its not accurate because the 22 year-old would be a great signing for us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

101 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    we are not going to sign any quality players because we are not ambitious enough

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    What do birds say when they fly over old beer bottle pockets place? “Cheap……cheap……”

  • Wayayman

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s see if things go very quiet on the transfer front once tomorrow’s season ticket deadline has passed. The club really do think us fans are all gullible idiots.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s going to be a long window

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    For obvious reasons i want bony to stay with swans

  • Toonfan8

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #6

    if 10M is big fee for 22y.o. striker, who scored 22 in 63 for Hertha and 13 in 22 for Hamburg…I have seen him a lot last season and he remind me Alan Shearer a lot, strong, clinical finish, good first touch…

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #7

    i love the fact that gomis will come from a backup player if no one comes in to number one priority.

  • Wayayman

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Just worked out that 50,000 season tickets at an average of £700 each is £35 million… Add that to the £80 million TV money and £20 mill from Cabaye’s sale, that’s £135 million per year to pay wages, the day to day running of the club and transfers.
    I haven’t taken into account any merchandise (as it all goes to MA Holdings and not NUFC) or the Sponsorship money as the Wonga cash probably goes to the same place too.
    Same with anything bought in SJP on matchdays, food and drink etc- all goes somewhere else, not into the club.

    Even with all of that take into account, £135 million seems like it’s plenty to run us much more successfully than we’re being run at the moment, wouldn’t you say?

  • spitfire_

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9


    Must say the fans are morons. After 7 ambitionless years there is still 50k+ at the stands. The ugly truth is that the fans deserve this misery.

  • jimBOB

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #10

    what I want to know is, how are the press privy to this sort of Info, this has all came about because a paper in Germany, probably as renowned as the Metro have written a story. the guy’s on his holiday and his mother has said no more talk about transfers until he returns. and its not even the 1st of July yet.

  • Wayayman

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    So, looking into it, it seems last season (ie this time last year) we had a wage bill of £62 million. This season won’t have been much different (maybe less as we got rid of Cabaye in Jan) so that leaves £73 million left over for players including wages EACH FRIGGIN SEASON!!!

    And that’s breaking even, without taking into account the sponsorship from Wonga, the free advertising of SD at SJP and NO merchandise, shirts, pies,beer in the ground etc!!!

    Please tell me i’ve got my figures wrong?!?


    Accounts for the year to 30 June 2013

    Ownership: Mike Ashley owns Newcastle United via his company, MASH Holdings Limited.

    Turnover: 7th in league, £96m (up from £93m in 2012)

    Gate and matchday: £28m

    TV and broadcasting: £51m

    Commercial activities: £17m

    Wage bill: 11th highest, £62m (down from £64m in 2011)

    Wages as proportion of turnover: 65%

    Profit before tax: £10m (up from £1m in 2012)

    Net debt: £133m

    Interest payable: £0.07m

    Highest paid director: Unnamed, £177,000 (Derek Llambias was the managing director)

    The state it’s in: The year the Mike Ashley revival turned dour, Alan Pardew’s team finishing 16th, after the excitements of fifth in 2011-12. The same facts and figures can be viewed differently by fans: sound financial management, clearly a priority now, can look like lack of ambition if few players are signed. Ashley has invested significantly in a club previously in debt under owners who made personal fortunes selling to him. But in 2012-13 £11m went to reduce Ashley’s interest-free loans, to £129m, and his company, Sports Direct, pays nothing for ubiquitous advertising. This, and the Wonga sponsorship, is prompting Geordie disillusionment again.

  • seasons

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #12

    lets f\ce it people we get get gomis but there will be no several million pound signings and another season of mid table (if we lucky) no clue football from p45. i for one wont be watching any games since the world cups started and looks like out transfer business is done

  • Wayayman

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Above info for last season from

    And that’s massively down on the current TV deal which is supposed to be now £83 million instead of £51 previously.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #14

    It is going to be a long drawn out transfer window -especially if we a treated to jimmysmiths “jokes”.
    Jimmy -please desist -allow the likes of myself to inject humour onto the blog.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    as sagna is off to man city, i wonder if arsenal will come in for Debuchy

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Mister Tuff

    i didn’t know you had a sense of humour

  • Shaker

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Lacazette & Ings are better for Newcastle
    both of them would only cost less than £20M !!!
    is that too much to ask as a Newcastle fan ? 🙁

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #18

    @ Spitfire. That’s a bit harsh calling fans who are still living the dream “morons” that’s the problem we all live in hope that things will turn around, the going to the match and giving well earned cash to the Ashley does not bother the die hard fan and never will, they all live in the hope that this could be our season as we do every year.

    I know it never happens but the hope will always be there. Ashley has this club all sewn up, he has his own people in the top positions all being yes men, so he can’t go wrong. If anyone one criticises the club or him he bans them ie. Media, ex players, anyone he deems fit.

    This club is his plaything and is showing the way to other clubs and the stock market how to make a profit enhancing his reputation to fellow football club owners and his rich cronies.

    He has used the fair play financial restrictions as an excuse to not spending too much money, as if anyone including FIFA gives a flying fcuk as proven with PSG or Man city.

    I’m afraid Ashley has a stranglehold on our club and whatever we say against him goes in one ear and out of the other.

    No ambition.
    No cups
    Small squad less expenditure
    Poorly paid players
    Guaranteed 60 million profit every year.

    So spitfire, use your morons comments to those who deserve them, the hierarchy not the downtrodden supporters who clearly deserves better. Them who like me live in hope.

  • belgrade fan

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #19


    They r morons. only morons cant see reality. and with that living in a hope they make damage bcs they support this reggime by attending SJP. but good things is it will be so easy to take money playing against us

  • BuckLuck

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Hope is the only thing left. Ashley has ruined our previous good reputation. Newcastle United? No fcuking way. Newcastle Devided…

    I hope Ashley die very soon.

  • Shaker

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #21

    # Wayayman

    exactly like i count it !
    i did a similar math & i said on the Chronicle
    10 days ago that around £70M will enter Ashley’s pockets !


    I like reading Newcastle’s fans comments LOL
    it’s so funny but very true .
    even though i am not English 😀
    i am a Newcastle fan from Syria by the way .

  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Well I let my ST go, don’t go to games and don’t buy wonga shirts but I wouldn’t insult the fans that go to matches morons, they are true fans supporting their team, their money their choice. I just think they would serve the club better not buying match day pies, Or NUFC branded gear and team shirts especially from the hateful SD.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh and btw Ed, can you do an article when Mr T succeeds in his humour injection attempts?


  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Also the picture above could also be captioned ‘Also at the table was Pierre’s agent, Kerstin, who is also his mother’…. I think that holiday snap was off Tripadvisor and he’s just recommending the club sandwich.

  • off the ball

    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #25

    old git

    I agree with of a lot of your comments but for supporters with long memories mckeag westwood and the like screwed the fans for years with no sense of ambition hall and shepherd showed ambition but near as damn bankrupted the club Ashley is a money maker and the bottom line is all about stability and profit. the currant mantra seems to be protect our premier status with a fixed business plan and the football comes second but unfortunately apart from the hall shepherd years( where millions were wasted on players boumsong owen kluivert ect on transfers and wages and they sold to Ashley and banked millions) no board has ever in the last fifty odd years shown any wish to kick our club on to the level that we feel this club should reach, One day Ashley will go God help us for what we get next

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #26

    welsh/tsunki – you get quality gags and sometimes amusing pictures – you’re getting this for free – elsewhere you’d have to pay.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #27

    tsunki -tripadvisor/club sandwiches (ho ho ho -so side splitting -so funny NOT) – please no more – leave the gags to me.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Mr T I wasn’t trying to be funny. Apparently neither are you 🙂

  • spitfire_

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #29


    The truth hurts a lot, but that is the facts. You thing that it’s harsh to calls those fans “a morons” but at the same time for you it’s okay they and I quote you “live in hope”… what hope is that… 7 years now! And also it’s okay for you they I quote you again “giving well earned cash” to a pr!ck who doesn’t give a sh!t about them and their beloved team. So… if this is not a moronic behavior what is?

    “Support the team not the regime” by going at the SJP is one of the most stupidest thing what ever heard. If you refuse to buy merchandise and to go at the stadium and still support the club from your home or the pub… that’s fine. But with going at the stadium you show to the regime that you’re just fine with the current situation.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #30

    I sense a comedy battle of epic proportions brewing!

  • Bambams

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #31

    I suppose the only chink of light if we do not spend much money and Greedy Cashman takes the majority of it for his long awaited toy train set fund…is he will bugger of sooner rather than later.
    Mind you he will probably come up with a ground share with Newcastle Falcons and Sell SJP to Bellways …;-)

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Hmmmmmm -comedy battle – right my first offering is :-
    Welshgeordie showing the girlfriend his hairdressing skills.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #33

    mister t

    this is funnier

    also its a bit old starting on the welsh anything original

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #34

    @ spitfire I do not agree with the current regime, and yes we all know Ashley is taking the piss. However, there are thousands of die hard supporter who will attend matches and buy merchandise , not out of loyalty to the owner, it’s in there genes to love the club.. They are supporting the players.

    Ask yourself a question, why do you support the club? Is it because your father did and you followed suit. Is it a territorial thing, your birthright. We all have our own reasons.

    Thousands of supporters Boycotting the club won’t ever happen , doesn’t mean they are wrong or deserving to be called “morons” you are trying to change a tradition of these fellow supporters by calling them names , all it does is show you up . There are better ways of putting your case forward .

    If you read my past comments on this blog you will see that I have not renewed my season ticket or bought anything relating to the club, this is my own personal act of defiance of the heirerarchy . I wouldn’t expect other supporters to follow my stance or would I insult them.

    Here endeth the lesson according to st James

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #35

    beermonkey -nothing original at the moment -how about this -my second offering:-
    Welshgeordie and Tsunki were coming out of a pub in Wales one evening when Welsh spotted a sheep with its head stuck in the railings.
    “Look at that Tsunki, we cant miss a chance like that” says Welsh.
    So Welsh walks up behind the sheep, drops his trousers and does this business.
    Welsh then says “Okay Tsunki its your turn next”
    So Tsunki drops his trousers and stuck his head in the railings……

    A quality gag – a sidesplitter, even though I say it myself.

  • spitfire_

    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #36


    If you CLOSELY read my first post at this topic, you can find out that I call “a morons” all who goes at the stadium… not all Newcastle’s fans. Difference! If this mantra “Well I didn’t support the regime, but I go at the stadium to support the team” works for you to sleep well… it’s fine by me. But I never will understand it. Because with your presents at the stadium you not only support the team (even that you obviously try to convinse yourself that it’s only this), you show to the owner that no matter what he’ll do, you will always be at the stadium. And when there is other 51 000 people with thinking like you, how you’ll expect something to change? Ashley abuse the fans almost every transfer window… he put his puppets at the club… didn’t invest… but hey… at least every home game will be sold out. Why Ashley will leave? The boycott at the stadium may not work out… but at least try it goddamn! What’s the point to be a “internet jedi”… to sit at the internet and to speak against the regime, but at the same time to gave them your money for merchandise and stuff? Not wise, mate… not wise.

    For me to gave my money (invest) to my football team (business), at the time when the whole clique who ran the club (business) is clueless, when they didn’t invest (spend my money) and didn’t give a sh!t about the fans it’s… well… you don’t like the word “morons” or “moronic”… so let’s be “not wise”.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #37

    i see the welsh jokes are out this evening, well the same old jokes, and people on here moan about me repeating myself with the same things

    Sod it

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #38

    nice to see everybody’s happy on here today

    Dear me

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #39

    beermonkey and Mister Tuff

    Change the record springs to mind

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Better practice those penalties


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