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Hamburg Confident Of Signing Lasogga Today

12:06 pm, Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

We had reported earlier today that news in Germany was that Hamburg had agreed a fee with Hertha Berlin for the transfer of German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, but local reports in Newcastle are now suggesting the Tyneside club were ready to make a £9M bid for the striker,  which is much more than the fee agreed with Hertha Berlin.

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Pierre-Michel Lasogga – signing for Hertha Berlin

But if that’s the case why didn’t we put that bid in earlier, and not wait until now and give Hamburg time to reach a deal for the 22 year-old striker with the Berlin club?

But it seems in reading the tea leaves that Lasogga wanted to move to Hamburg, and was probably happier to play at the German club where he has finished an excellent season with 13 goals in 20 Bundesliga games.

This is what Hamburg’s Sporting Director Oliver Kreuzer has said:

“We are on the right track Hertha have come down in price a bit. But it’s possible that we can report the deal today.”

The news earlier today was that the price agreed was €8M – which is only about £6.4M – and that’s a lot less than the £9M Newcastle were (supposedly) about to bid.

It seems to us that Newcastle’s pursuit of the striker has not gone well – and it’s almost certain we will now miss out on one of our top striker targets.

The next striker target to go after is Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, and the news yesterday was that Newcastle have already entered into negotiations for the player, but that new manager Hubert Fournier now wants to keep both Lacazette and Clement Grenier at the club for next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Spoof..as much as I hate NoNuts as the next guy I am going to say this one last time” our decline is down to poor coaching and management”! :)

    On another note…Romain Amalfitano has completed a move to French side Dijon on a three-year deal!

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    …NoNuts is of course not blameless for the business part of Newcastle, but my eyes is on the football part!

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    The decline of our club isn’t down to one thing. There is a whole plethora of issues at this club, but most can be traced back to just 2 people. Ashley and Pardew. The fact Ashley stands by Pardew, and appointed him in the first place makes Ashley the number one factor, but by no means the only one.

  • 4 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    more than tfc needed action in the most strongest terms

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Ed…I know you are sensible man so I’ll assume you don’t believe that either?

    Why would be bid more for Lassoga if his club are prepared to accept less from HSV? In the end it’s down to the player and his agent to make a decision.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    *be = we

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Lilongwe… I totally agree, but you could still have Ashley here and be successful with better coaches and management and we could still be a failure even though Ashley sold up!

  • 8 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    jesper

    you have to look at the whole picture and with Ashley no one could succeed, why do you think Keegan walked, the club is unmanageable under Ashley, when that is the case then only one person can be blamed, yes a different manager and different coaches “may” have done better, but they would not have succeeded, no one ever will under him.

    We could employ the best manager and the best coaches in the world and yes it would be better than what we have now but they would still fail as a good manager can only be good if he is allowed to manage, and Ashley has proved from day one that he will not allow that to happen.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Jesper,
    I don’t disagree with that, but by keeping Pardew, Ashley puts himself forward as the main problem in my opinion.

    I have said for a long time that coaching at the club needs to improve. I do feel though, at the minute, Pardew is being hung out to dry unless we get some players in. The way our squad is diminishing without any replacements would cause problems for most managers. But still a better set up would get more from what we have.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    The only tiniest possible defence for Ash that I can see at all is that he maybe looks at HBA, SM, GO, MYM, JG, Bigirimana, Abeid etc and thinks I’m paying wages and none of them are actually playing!

    But that being the case he should sack the coaching staff.

  • 11 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    LG

    if you look at the squad as it is you cannot say that it causes the manager problems, we are committing football suicide m8, unless there is a major u-turn in how we do our business it will be a complete and utter disaster, whoever the manager is.

  • 12 Ancientcoptic // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Things are bad at the club, but I fail to believe the club cannot stump up £6.4 million for a striker, especially with the current situation at the club.

    It would be a new low if we missed out on Lasogga at that price, and failed to sign anybody of better quality.

  • 13 toonluvva // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    It looks like NUFC were as good as their word. We completed ALL of our buying before the World Cup started.

    Of course, selling on players is another matter!

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Rotonda

    Parachute payment or not, relegation would be a major financial own goal. The regular riches of the EPL is what would attract a buyer.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Spoof,
    That is what I said, it would cause problems for most manager, and that he is being hung out to dry.

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Spoof/Lilongwe….my biggest beef with Newcastle is our poor coaches and management. I like to watch football and I am digging what I am seeing – not one bit.

    This could still be attained even under NoNuts. Is he a good owner? No! But this it b´not the first time in the history of football this has happened and it won’t be last time.

    Define success so we are speaking the same language :)

    If Pardew had walked in February then I would still have sympathized with him. He is complicit and he is dragging us down with out a care in the would!

    That for me is a bigger concern than Ashley (for the time being). I’ll agree the decision lies with Ashley – he can just fire him.

    But we could also try and help him make that decision? :)

  • 17 Beefman // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Cisse up front at this moment in time!!!! a lightweight lilly livered midfield, not capable of going in the trenches when the going gets tough, very very suspect defence, Santon isnt even a defender, willy a stop gap(thats it) but for how long, Colo just seeing his contract out cos nobody else will pay him the money is on here, San Lorenzo would only pay him 1/4 what he is on here at the most, mbiwa has not settled at all(cant blame him sometimes)dregs like Jonas, Obertan, Benny and Marv in limbo, still feel sorry for these two, its not all about 100 per cent graft, these two have genuine quality, especially Benny as we all know, but he has been made a scapegoat in my opinion for our poor performances!

    At this moment its an almighty mess, trying again to get players over the line, listening to Pardews total bullshit, if we do not step up to the plate big time in the next thirty days we have a mega frosty time ahead, 4 quality signings at least need to be in, 3 may be ok anything less than this then it has to be pitchforks and banners big style, boycotts, have we the guts for it, enough is enough, even for someone like myself who stuck up for the regime a lot, Bills Son u are very quiet lad im hoping you make an appearance on the 31st July to say i told you so and everything is rosy! lets see eh, this we cant complete nonsense is degrading and downright insulting to every toon fan, get it sorted now!!!!

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    *not digging

  • 19 cyprus // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    So the Ashley – Pardew who’s the biggest villain debate rages on.

    My questions:

    who chooses the players to buy?

    who decides on tactics?

    who ‘develops’ players?

    who decides on set plays?

    The answer is somewhere there ;)

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    *care in the world (sorry about the auto correct)

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Cyprus,
    Who decides to keep the person responsible for all the above? ;-)

  • 22 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    LG

    I really cannot fathom out what they are trying to achieve, people say the parachute payment would help him survive so relegation would not be a problem, what a load of rubbish, last time it cost him a fortune and he definitely would not like that again I’m sure, so why are they doing what they are doing, I cannot see any logic in it.

  • 23 toon22 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Trying to say this whole mess isnt MA faults ridiculous.
    Imagine he had bought Manu while Fergie was there and proceded to sell every top player the instant they showed promise.And spent years not buying players while scraping around the bottom of the French barrel for dregs.

    DO you think Fergie or anyone else whould have been successful or have remained as manager?

    MA is the root cause for our decline,not some patsy.

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Spoof

    I think a better manager than Pardew could still succeed even under Ash. Not all good managers are high maintenance but can get more than the sum of the parts of their team. Diego Simone being a key example, ie Ath. Madrid cost less than Bale!

    Pardew never showed strong management with Ba and we went downhill ever since then. Equally Pardew brought back Colo and dropped MYM when he had formed a really good partnership with Willo.

    Nobody forced Pardew to play Gosling instead of HBA and put Cisse as a right winger, Gouffran as a defensive left mid, MYM as a RB and Dummet ahead of Haidara etc, etc!

    Yes we need more investment for sure but Pardew has made out squad look a lot worse than it really is and with a decent manager I don’t think there would be this same level of unease within the camp.

  • 25 Ancientcoptic // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    By my estimation, the money saved on wages through: Gutierrez at Norwich for half a season & Cabaye off the wage bill since the previous window = around 1.8 million.

    Perez cost 1.6 million & Colback was in on a free – with (guessing) about 200k spent on fees getting the deals through.

    If our transfer budget is coming from wages we can cut, instead of from sales… I think that would represent a new all time low for a Premier League side. I have never heard of anything like that before, but we can only go on the current evidence.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Cyprus…and all that could still be picture perfect even under NoNuts tight rule :)

    …but the decision to sack the unsackable is of course in the hands of Ashley!

  • 27 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    ”we tried but couldn’t get them over the line.”

    raylor sameobi all are like new signings..

    ok.




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