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Newcastle Make Big Move For Top Striker Target

8:27 am, Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

There is news in German publication Kicker today that Newcastle are back in with a new bid for Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, as Hamburg continue to refuse to pay the asking price of €12M (£9.6M) for the player.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga

Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Newcastle make bid

Hamburg were offering Per Ciljan Skjelbred plays around £5M for the striker, but that has been rejected by the Berlin club, although there was news in Germany over the weekend  that negotiations were still on-going between the two German clubs.

But Kicker is reporting that Newcastle have gone in with an all cash offer of €9M (£7.2M), which seems a similar offer to what Hamburg have bid, but Newcastle pay their transfer fees in full and up front, and that may be a better bid as far as Hertha Berlin are concerned.

That even seems a decent enough offer for the 22 year-old.

The Berlin club don’t want Skjelbred, who played for them on loan last season, so there’s a possibility if Newcastle increase that cash offer, we could even reach agreement with the Berlin club for Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

If that bid is accepted the next problem Newcastle would have is to meet the player’s wage demands of around £50K/week, since Newcastle previously have balked at that figure.

There was also news today that Newcastle have opened negotiations with Lyon for another striker target – Alexandre Lacazette – so maybe the Tyneside club have (finally) decided to get a move on in the transfer market.

We hope that’s true.

What do you think?



Tags: Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    From last article. Lacazette record

    Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
    Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
    Lyon 2009–10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
    2010–11 9 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 11 2 4
    2011–12 29 5 2 8 4 1 6 1 3 43 10 6
    2012–13 31 3 3 1 0 3 5 1 3 37 4 9
    2013–14 32 15 3 5 4 1 10 2 3 46 23 7
    Total 102 24 11 13 8 5 22 5 11 135 38 28
    Career total 102 24 11 13 8 5 22 5 11 135 38 28

    About 1 goal every 4-5 games career so far, not bad for his age i suppose, added to the fact he had exactly 1 goal every 2 games last season. Even in france not too bad.

  • 2 Markaccus // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Lasogga has 38 in 94 career so far. One every 2-3 games. Impressive.

  • 3 expatmag // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    If we got both plus cabella, it would go along way to appeasing the fans.

    Throw in Grenier as well and the squad all of a sudden takes on a different look.

    All they then need to do is assimilate Mbiwa properly into the backline, keep Krul and Debuchy and we woukd have the makings of a top5/6 side.

    There again, pigs might fly

  • 4 magicbus // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    50k wages a week is small compared to what a lot of Premier league players earn. If Carr recommends him we should pay the going rate.

  • 5 Markaccus // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    expat

    yep, our forward line and wing/mf issues sorted very quickly. Really doubt Ashley has the necessary man-tools to pull this off though.

    We would still need to sort out our defence. A cb is an absolute MUST, and we probably need a full back too, thats without exits.

  • 6 lesh // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    What? Baulk at £50k a week? That’s the norm for a half decent player!

  • 7 Markaccus // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Didn’t we offer more than that to Gomis? surely for a CF this is peanuts? Given what the likes of players like rooney, rvp, torres, eto’o and Bitey McBiterson are on?

  • 8 expatmag // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Markaccus

    He brought 5 players in 5 days to the club in january last year so with a bit of perseverance and ambition, I dont see why he cant do it again, assuming he is prepared to shell out the right money.

  • 9 Wandering Geordie // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Having just returned from a weeks vacation in Chile.I am very disappointed that we have signed no one.Also just read Goebbels article from Sunday.The glazier spouts some garb. Was happy on holiday ..Now depression has set in.

  • 10 Markaccus // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Expat

    Yeah, thats the one time he put his hand deep in his pockets. We were clearly in trouble then, though, and after finishing a comfortable 10th (in his eyes) he won’t be so eager this time :(

  • 11 Toon Tang // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Same old, same old…

    Should I go back to bed and watch ‘homes under the hammer’ or what?

  • 12 expatmag // Jun 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Mark

    Imo, we are already in serious trouble. I dont think he can afford to wait until january to spend. He has to do it this windiw

  • 13 nut meg // Jun 30, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    It’s been reported a few times that his wage demands were for 3m euro a year which is about 45k a week.It’s also been reported a few times that he’s already walked out of a meeting with NUFC because they wouldn’t meet his demands.If that’s all true then I think 45k is quite cheap for a player your prepared to pay 7m + for. IMO, NUFC want blood every time or it’s a no go.

  • 14 Dark Cloud // Jun 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Lasogga is not the answer….not good enough for the Premier league….rather have kept Ameobi as he offers more than this guy and that’s saying something

  • 15 ethiotoon // Jun 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    hope to hear better news this week.the world cup distracred players and our offials not to complete deals early.who is this lassoga Guy,I don’t think it’s fair to pay more than 7m for a player who only has a year left in his contact. but I will say it again and again, we must do whatever it takes to sign Grenier.we need cabaye replaced first
    Ramadan Kareem Muslim fans

  • 16 geordie abroad // Jun 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    For me this lad is just not worth the money. Not particularly fast or mobile but decent in the air. We might as well pick up bendtner for free if this is what were after.
    Much rather spend our money on lacazette and play a waiting game to see if we can pick up another striker on loan. Who knows who could come up… Wellbeck? Even remy deal to arsenal could fail. Plus we’ll still have gouf, cisse and all goes well cabella.
    Debuchy to psg to continue his love affair with cabaye. I’d like to see 12m for home plus Chantome. Ready made replacement for cabaye. Psg fans will tell you he’s better and should be above him in the pecking order.

  • 17 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    In a word B.O.L.L.O.X.

  • 18 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    ” Hamburg have reached an agreement with Hertha Berlin over the signing of striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga for just
    € 8M ” ???

    another failure for Newcastle ?!




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