Newcastle couldn’t get a deal done for long term target Bafetimbi Gomis this week, and Swansea moved in to get the job done, and it seems that one of our other striker targets – German U21 striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga – has already chosen Hamburg, but news in Germany yesterday that his club Hertha Berlin have raised the price on their 22 year-old striker.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – price has gone up
As we had reported last week, cash strapped Hamburg were hoping for a player exchange deal with the Berlin club, that included former Newcastle target Per Skjelbred plus a fee of around £5M.
The news in Germany is that Hertha Berlin have raised the price of their striker to around £9M, and that may open an opportunity for Newcastle to re-enter the negotiations for a player who has already visited Newcastle to have talks with the club.
But when did Newcastle ever go in for a player after his transfer fee has been raised?
Not many times, so we’d be very surprised if Newcastle go back in for this player – who would be a great signing for us, but there are at two problems with getting him.
One is that he prefers to play for Hamburg, and the second is the perennial problem with Newcastle these days – he seems to be too expensive for us – only because we will not spend the money we have available on our targets.
Wonder who some of our other striker targets are these days – because it seems we’ve missed out on both Gomis and Lasogga.
Pre-season training starts late next week so Newcastle need to start moving in the transfer market.
Written from London, England.