Newcastle United are reported in German publication Bild to be waiting on the sidelines, and watching the current negotiations between Hamburg and Hertha Berlin for the transfer of the Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, and those negotiations are not going well.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – wants to leave Hertha Berlin
The latest news on the situation this morning is that Lasogga is said to have met yesterday in Dusseldorf with Dietmar Beiersdorf, who is soon to be the new manager at Hamburg, and with Sporting Director Oliver Kreuzer.
Hamburg want to do a transfer deal of €6M plus Norwegian midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred for the 22 year-old German striker, but it looks like that proposition is now dead in the water, and the Berlin club have told Hamburg they don’t want to take Skjelbred permanently.
He was on loan at Hertha Berlin last season while Pierre-Michel Lasogga was on loan at Hamburg, and scored a good 13 goals in 20 games for the Bundesliga club.
Bild is reporting that Newcastle could soon be in the driver’s seat to sign the young striker, but Hertha Berlin’s valuation of their player is now €12M which is around £9.6M at today’s exchange rate.
It remains to be seen what Newcastle would be able to bid for Lasogga, but if these talks continue to go nowhere, then it would seem like a prime opportunity for the north-east club to put in a reasonable bid for one of their top targets.
The fact that Newcastle will pay the fee in whole and up front could certainly interest Hertha Berlin.
Hamburg do not have a lot of money available, so now could be the time for Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings at Newcastle, and we are hoping he will do just that.
Written from Ipswich, England.