Transfer Fee Goes Up For Newcastle Target

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

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.

Comments welcome.

Written from London, England.

5 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Two things here:

    a) if he doesn’t want to come here what’s the point?

    b) if he is out of our price range why keep pursuing him?

    Move on and accept defeated!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #2

    And in the future try and draw up a list of players the club can afford!

    …it was the same last summer. This is a child’s mistake (the club is nothing but rookies)

  • firebug666

    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I honestly don’t think we have any targets. We just watch the market and if a player (any player) becomes available for free or on the cheap we attempt to go for them with a pathetic offer and hope no one else is interested.

    We will not fight for any players with any club, if any other club puts in a bid after we have the next story you read is Newcastle have pulled out of the deal.

    Newcastle are a club that want to keep their money, and run scared from any form of financial battle.

    The phrase “Speculate to accumulate” seems to be banned from all personnel involved in transfer dealings at Newcastle.

    I really don’t see us signing anyone else, as this window is creating exactly the same noises the last two windows did, and we all know what happened there!

  • Slank

    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Bafetimbi Gomis wasn’t a long term target. It was a long term press story regurgitated over and over again.

    Pierre-Michel Lasogga is a difficult one as he wants to remain in Germany and be near his mum who can manage his affairs and still do her housework and shopping.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jun 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5


    couldnt agree more.

    Get ready for 2 more months of fluff stories that never come to fruition


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