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Newcastle Miss Out On German Striker?

3:46 pm, Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 106 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

106 responses so far ↓

  • 1 usmagpie // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Its simple, if Newcastle want him then they can get him. Give 8 million. Job Done!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 Thump // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    As long as we aren’t resurrecting the Skjelbred thing, I’m okay…

  • 3 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Another one bites the dust

  • 4 toon kk // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    We’ll just have to wait until the world cup has finished, then see who we bring in. Of course we’ll be looking for the bargains that doesn’t exist, but we all know MA won’t spend enough to improve our mediocre squad.
    But the board know we are only a step away from relegation OR DO THEY??

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    This Lassoga story seems a bit strange – I would have assumed that if he visitted the ground last week -we would just about have the deal sealed- The tale that he walked out after a poor wages offer now seems a bit more credible -if true we need to increase the offer.
    Get him sorted and then go after Aubamayeng -future superstar.

  • 6 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Mister Tuff

    My thoughts exactly

    If we can’t compete with hsv after our massive windfall then we are well and truly fooked!

  • 7 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Mister Tuff

    My thoughts exactly

    If we can’t compete with hsv after our massive windfall then we are well and truly fcuked!

  • 8 JP...from The Rock // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Lasogga is not in the World Cup so we don’t have to wait till it’s over as it has nothing to do with this transfer. I hate our excessive penny pinching it’s embarrassing and infuriating!

  • 9 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Excellent article with the added bonus of making me chuckle

  • 10 davetoon // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    so painful

  • 11 Moe // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I hope Lee Charnley is not only pursuing this particular player. We should be following at least 5 or 6 other strikers.

    If the club learned ANYTHING from previous transfer windows!

  • 12 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM


    Don’t be daft mate they never do learn and probably never will lol but us on the other hand have learnt not to trust the bullshit and underhand tactics….well most of us have 😉

  • 13 lesh // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Mothers being mothers and Lassoga’s mother being his agent, is it any wonder that he ‘wants’ to go to Hamburg.

    We can’t have Lassoga’s mother fretting about her little pet lamb in that nasty nasty England!

    Mutti sagt ‘Englanders sind Schweinhunde’

    ‘Vergesst du nicht den Krieg und deine Grossvater: ‘Take zat Tommy!’


  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Nothing’s to say that, but your missing the point
    If we had a proven goalscorer at the club by all means take the risk, but we don’t, so this isn’t a signing we immediately need, we need a proven out and out goalscorer, not a player who’s had one decent season by the age of 25

    Why because I don’t want survival hopes pinned on a player with one good season under his belt?

  • 15 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Average, that article is far too close to home.

    If the lunatics in charge of the asylum dont get some good quality players in to take a full part in our pre-season training, “Meet your Team-mates” jolly down under, we are going to be kicking off the coming season in an even worse place than we ended the last debacle!!!

  • 16 lesh // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Moe – Has the club learned owt from previous windows?

    Evidently not!

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    lesh…I see your mother has taught you German well 😉

  • 18 nut meg // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    We are/were preparded to pay 2m signing on fee & 75 grand a week for Gomis on a free & if reports were correct that Lasogga wanted 45 grand a week surly that’s not too much to ask for a 7m player, it’s not like he’s a 500,000 grand back up player.That’s my opinion anyhow.

  • 19 lesh // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM


    That Mag article makes interesting reading.

    But when it referred to Van Gogh and his chopping off of his ear, it didn’t give tge full story.

    Yes Vincent was fuelled on Absinthe because his love for Brigitte wasn’t being reciprocated.

    As a gesture of his devotion to her, he cut off his ear – right there in front of her, proclaiming ‘Brigitte, I did that to show you how much I love you’

    Shocked, she asked ‘Oh Vincent, you did that to show how much you love me?’

    Vincent’s reply? …..’Pardon?’


  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    I love our manager, he is really one of s kind 😉

  • 21 lesh // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Oh ja jesperfuglsang, meine Grossmutter war Eva Braun!


  • 22 hitman // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    thought this lad had his heart set on playing in the prem..i guess his mother didnt like what the club had to say and we all know mothers know best..

  • 23 swemag // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Anybody else notice how relatively quiet it was yesterday on the transfer speculation front when the schedule was released?
    Wow…we have something real to write about, no need to make up s**t to sell papers.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    lesh… Haha 🙂

    …I am hoping she had a bastard before she met you know who!

  • 25 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    lesh – crap joke – now here’s a decent one.
    A Welshman, a sheep, and a dog were survivors of a terrible shipwreck. They found themselves stranded on a desert island.

    After being there a while, they got into the habit of going to the beach every evening to watch the sun go down. One particular evening, the sky was red with beautiful cirrus clouds, the breeze was warm and gentle; a perfect night for romance.

    As they sat there, the sheep started looking better and better to the Welshman. Soon, he leaned over to the sheep and put his arm around it. But the dog got jealous, growling fiercely until the Welshman took his arm from around the sheep. After that, the three of them continued to enjoy the sunsets together, but there was no more cuddling.

    A few weeks passed by, and lo and behold, there was another shipwreck. The only survivor was a beautiful young woman, the most beautiful woman the Welshman had ever seen. She was in a pretty bad way when they rescued her, and they slowly nursed her back to health. When the young maiden was well enough, they introduced her to their evening beach ritual. It was another beautiful evening: red sky, cirrus clouds, a warm and gentle breeze; perfect for a night of romance.

    Pretty soon, the Welshman started to get “those feelings” again. He fought them as long as he could, but he finally gave in and leaned over to the young woman, cautiously, and whispered in her ear…

    “could you take the dog for a walk?”

  • 26 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Hitman @ 21 – He does, but there is a huge difference between playing in the Premier League or joining a club who are simply going through the motions!!!!

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I just read an article in the mag with Percy saying the world cup will affect our transfer business, the article questions this statement as a majority of our supposed targets aren’t at the World cup, I think he’s missing the point as it’s not the price of our targets that will be affected but the price that Debuchy, Tiote etc might fetch, the more we recieve for these the more our silver and brown tongued lothario will have to spend on new players.

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I assumed he meant it affected our business as the management gang are camped out in Mashleys yacht watching the World Cup

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM


  • 30 ToonMatt // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    It’s beyond embarrassing and I dread to think who will be playing upfront for us next season, He won’t pay £7m for a striker? Is he really that greedy? Does the threat of relegation really not bother him? I would love to actually hear him speak in person about the club instead of sending those cretins out to do it for him?

  • 31 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Toon Matt – FCB doesnt even talk at the SD meetings, let alone the shareholders – what makes you think he would speak to us poor cretins???

  • 32 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Wow miss of the tournament?

  • 33 lochinvar // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    The headline of course should read, ” German striker misses out on Newcastle united” ….

  • 34 geordie157 // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Aurier looks impressive so far, sure a lot of clubs will be in for him this summer.

  • 35 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Keeping Shola due to his cheap contract.
    Selling Sammy due to his Value and the profit that the club can earn.

    That’s our club at the current stage. Hopefully, we will bypass this stage soon.

  • 36 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Without their top scorer falcao COL cant score.

  • 37 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    their No.9 cant score goals on real international stage. Too pressurise..cant keep his cool

  • 38 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Toure looks drained .

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Tiote’s having a great game

  • 40 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    COL no.11 …good and strong with good passing football brain. Set up the 1st opening for col. too bad their no9 cant finish.

  • 41 beermonkey // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM


    none of his international team mates wished a happy birthday

  • 42 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    @ beer

    Funnily enough he actually looks like he ate a full cake by himself before playing 🙂 .

    The bloke is hardly moving compared to his beastly runs in the PL .

  • 43 Dingo†® // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    ‘Twas the hour before football and all through Brazil,
    The English were twitching and some physically ill,
    They blamed it on water and some on the food,
    But not even this poem could lighten their mood.
    So stiffen your sinews and steady your hand,
    Let the lads that wear lions instill pride in our land!
    The lions of England are free from their cage,
    And they’ll slaughter their foes upon the world stage.
    In the moment our players walk out on that turf.
    May the roar, of the English, envelop the earth!

    Dingo†® – 19/06/2014

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Mister Tuff
    June 19, 2014

    Why are you obsessed with the welsh, i suppose it’s like Jail for Ashley banging on about the management.

    and people on here say i repeat myself.

    If you say so

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Lovely goal from Columbia

  • 46 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Game on ! .

  • 47 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Just going to say that gervinho’s had a,shite game lol

  • 48 beermonkey // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:36 PM


    maybe pards has got tiote force feeding him pies and cake

  • 49 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Tiote just foul his “teammate” no.11 col

  • 50 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Check out Tiote at the end there hahaha

  • 51 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    My youngest throws we tantrums like that

  • 52 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Gutted it’s on ITV I much prefer BBC, can’t stand chiles he’s got the charisma of a dead mongoose and to make it worse they’ve got gus “monkey boy” Poyet on the fcuking show! Bunch of inconsiderate twats

  • 53 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Proud is still alive.

    Says we’re in advanced talks to sign pea 🙂

  • 54 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Yeah, ferking hate watching any sport on Itv. Bunch of amateurs. It was terrible long before Chiles came along tbh.

  • 55 beermonkey // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM


    no1 likes chiles and to think people had a go about Philip nevill yet we have him

    the bbc do it better and you don’t have bloody adverts

  • 56 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I think England will get beat here tbh Uruguay a lot more mobile than Italy. Especially with that Carthorse Luguano being injured lol

  • 57 JAMSHA // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM


  • 58 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Chiles is the best football tv presenter and a legend, and Neville one of the best commentators on the box today.

  • 59 Shaker Shakrah // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Hard luck to all !!
    England will get beat up tonight !!

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    get the tissues out people it’s going to be emotional either way

  • 61 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    When was the last time a NUFC represented England in the World Cup? Has there been anyone since Shearer hung up his boots??

    Shame NUFC/ our Manager / Head Coach hasn’t been able to produce one since he has been at SJP!!!!!

  • 62 Ibizatoon // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Graeme…Wasn’t a long stint, but Carroll?

  • 63 Ibizatoon // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Oh yeah…”WC” Duh…back to the shadows Ibiza…run and never return!

  • 64 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Ibiza – this is the 2nd World Cup since our Illustrious Owner moved in. I cant think of a single player NUFC have had in the WC but, yes, Carrol did play for England in that time, then he was cashed in!!!

  • 65 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    England = No leadership.

    1. No 1 player is holding the ball attacking from the back, middle or front.

  • 66 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Too easily got knock off the ball.

    England need a Zidane or Pirlo.

  • 67 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Maybe England should be manage by Former stoke manager Tony Pulis.

    He is a better coach in Set Pieces.

  • 68 Toon Tang // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Fcuking bucktooth Cnut

  • 69 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Get Ox & Barkley on FFS.

    The only ones that will give us something different.

    Hodgson is a joke.

  • 70 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Without Shearer in Attack Rio and Cambell in Defence this is just a Gutless Team England.

    Its not about Skills. Just look at how it started the game. So nervy.

    Its only set pieces that can help now.

  • 71 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Ox & Barkley …yes.. almost forgotten about them.

    Its pace that is needed to break through..

  • 72 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    England World Class Player…

    Which one was it?

    Ok …Shearer.

  • 73 toonking // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    the last newcastle player to play for england is michel owen.

  • 74 Sliema // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Hodgson is not a joke. He’ll bring on Ross pretty soon. Ox should replace Welbeck.

  • 75 manxpie // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    bloody hell has jagielka got lead in his boots he jumped about 3 inches there!

    plus they should be down to 10!

  • 76 Sliema // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Yeh Michael Owen.

  • 77 toonking // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    as for this game well we have been very poor, playing 3 strikers doesn’t make a team more attacking if we haven’t got the width to create them, this isn’t what hogson seems to think.

    get a proper wide player on rather than using strikers.

    the only sypathy i have so far is urugray should be down to 10 men.

  • 78 Sliema // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    This is the only time I ever care about England more than the toon. And to have been a fan in the Ashley Era, that’s all changing.

  • 79 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Rooney almost done it. He is the closest to score with the header and free kick.

  • 80 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Uruguay should be down to 10 men…. That’s True.

  • 81 manxpie // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    spanish ref is a bit dodgy too
    i know he probably speaks english and so do most of the uruguayans but i’m sure as giles is a cnut that none of the english speak spanish

  • 82 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Rooney got to inspire the team somehow or it could be all over.

  • 83 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    A brave block by Gerrard.

  • 84 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Brave Save by Hart stay on his feet and make himself look big. Good Save.

  • 85 Sliema // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Rooney is not a great player if he doesn’t save this. It’s his last chance to show the world.

  • 86 manxpie // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    thought this was quite apt

    @nufcfans the only centre back in the Premiership who kept Suarez quiet over two games was Mike Williamson

  • 87 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    and shrek justifies his existance yeahhhhhhh

  • 88 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    well done Rooney

  • 89 davis_toons // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    WR 1 vs LS 2

  • 90 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Well, that could be game, set & match

  • 91 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    So Stevie G, screws up another teams chances at glory.

    His slip against Chelsea and now this.

  • 92 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Poor Colleen & the tribe are going to have to cut there FA funded holidays short. I feel so heartbroken for them lol

  • 93 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Steven Gerrard is like Iker Casillas.

    A good player… once upon a time.

  • 94 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Gerard & Henderson shite.

    Hodgson should have started Ox & Barkley.

  • 95 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Must be hard to be an English Liverpool Fan at the moment.

    The shocking realization that your talisman is now Sh!t. Costing your team their chance at the BPL title, as well as gifting the opposing team a gift of a goal. Your Number one Striker has virtually singlehandedly ruined your countries chances of progressing to the second round of the world cup.

  • 96 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Suarez shows England that “Hoofball” actually can work lol

  • 97 toonking // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    the only thing i can say in englands favour is the referee was in favour of urugray.

    we might not be out of the world cup just yet but the truth is our probability of remaining in the world cup is too low for roy to consider starting rooney welbeck or gerrard in the next game.

  • 98 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    There is no doubt the better team won – but england really need to get a lot smarter playing these cheating bastards at their own game. It is beyond the referees – they dont have a problem, obviously.

  • 99 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Supporting Chile for the rest of the tournament. Good team ethic as well as work ethic.

    Absolutely loved watching them against Spain. When was the last time you saw a team have three men chase down the opposition player in the 86th minute in the opposition half while still leading the game by two goals.

  • 100 Thump // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    @Graeme: I think we all know that referees are the real winners of the tournament.

  • 101 manxpie // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    our only hope now is if italy deem us more of a challenge than uraguay

    as that last game between them (if we beat costa rica) could be a nice easy stroll in the park for both of them

  • 102 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Only positives:

    – Likely Gerrards Last World Cup.
    – Sturridge, Barkley and Sterling all impressed.

  • 103 catchy in norway // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    got what they deserved nowt

    boring umimaginitive football, might aswell have had pardew in charge,

    way to defensive

    quite a few of them are not good enough or has beens at this level

  • 104 manxpie // Jun 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    catchy rooney sturridge wellbeck sterling and gerrard plus 60 odd % possesion = defensive to you?

  • 105 toonking // Jun 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM


    last season was a good season for willo but he is still not a good enough CB for us.

    the problem we have is that our attack is not very good and ashley himself will never play the money required for quality creative wingers attacking midfielders and forwards.

    So if we are to see the entertaining football we need to have defenders who are quality that way the manager doesn’t have to make the midfielders play so deep because when they playing players deep it’s because a result is more important than lots of goals.

    argentina for instance have poor defence but they still win because of that decent attack

    urugray had a poor defence but they had suaez today so still got that win.

    that is where the problem lies with both england and newcastle.

    england’s defence have been shocking since terry was removed, the thing about us is we don’t have the strikers to give us them goals needed when we leak so much.

    newcastle like england have the same problem ourselves. the first half of last season was good but we had a quality CAM and a very good forward but once cabaye left the goals were not going to be as easy, so because of our defence being a poor one we were starting to go for draws and lost more games.

  • 106 lesh // Jun 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    jesperfuglsang.. . She did and he’s said to own an English football club.


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