There was news yesterday in the German publication Bild, that Hamburg were becoming confident they can beat Newcastle and Hertha Berlin to the capture of 22 year-old German U21 striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Hamburg trying part exchange deal
It’s still a three-way struggle between his current club Hertha Berlin, Newcastle United and Hamburg SV, where he was out on loan last season.
Hamburg are short of money but are now hoping to do a part exchange that will include 27 year-old former Newcastle target Per Ciljan Skjelbred, who left Rosenberg for Hamburg three years ago – but spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin, where he scored two goals in 26 appearances – and he wants to stay in Berlin.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred has not been a success at Hamburg, and they are trying to move him on.
So the latest news is that Hamburg are trying to agree a player plus cash exchange deal for Lasogga, and if they can get that agreed to – their next task is to see if they can meet Lasogga’s wage demands, which are said to be high – reported to be around £50K/week.
That’s the report yesterday in Bild, and the headline is that it’s all about the money.
Isn’t everything these days.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred – former Rosenberg forward
Hertha Berlin are still hoping to keep their player, but they now look like the outsiders, with Newcastle and Hamburg the favorites.
It could be that Pierre-Michel is waiting to see if Hamburg can come up with an acceptable package for him, since other reports earlier this week even suggested Hamburg was his number one choice.
The news is that his choice between the three clubs will still come soon – within the next couple of days.
Newcastle are reported to have agreed a fee with Hertha Berlin for the striker – thought to be around £7M – and the Magpies have offered the young German striker a decent wage package – and he visited Newcastle last week to look over the stadium and the training facilities.
We wish the lad would just say yes to Newcastle.