Newcastle Miss Out On German Striker?

We had thought the delay in Pierre-Michel Lasogga making a decision on which of three clubs to join, could have been because  he was waiting to see if Hamburg could put a package together that both met his wage demands, and also met the asking price of Hertha Berlin – though to be around £7M – for the striker.

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Pierre Michel Lasogga – has chosen Hamburg – maybe – maybe not

We reported this morning that German publication Bild yesterday had said that Hamburg wanted to do a part exchange with Hertha Berlin for Lasogga, with former Newcastle target Per Ciljan Skjelbred going the other way.

Skjelbred was on loan at Hertha Berlin last season, and of course Lasogga was on loan at Hamburg.

The latest news now is that Lasogga has supposedly informed his club Hertha Berlin of his wish to sign for Hamburg, according to the Berliner Morgenpost.

But that seems an unlikely move by Lasogga, unless Hamburg have told him they have reached an agreement with Hertha Berlin for him, and that they can also meet his hefty wage demands.

What happens if  Hamburg  cannot make a deal, and Lasogga has now told everybody he wants to sign for Hamburg?

It was reported in the German press last week that Hamburg was his first choice, but this is not a done deal yet, and it depends on whether Hamburg have the money to close the deal with Hertha Berlin.

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