It looks like Newcastle will miss out in their efforts to sign Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, as news in Germany is that soon to be new Hamburg manager Dietmar Beiersdorf has negotiated a deal with Hertha Sporting Director Michael Preetz for a transfer fee for the German U21 striker.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga - fee agreed between Hertha Berlin and Hamburg
The fee seems to be something over €8M (£6.4M), and it looks like the Berlin club were negotiated down by Hamburg for the promising young striker, who spent a good season on loan there last season.
The news is in the German publication Bild, which is asking how Hamburg will now fund the deal, given that a fee has finally been agreed, and it could be that they will turn to Billionaire Klaus-Michael Kuehne for the funds.
But this is an important step for the two clubs, and we assume the fee was agreed because that’s what Hamburg can pay, and the next step is to agree wages with the player – and the news is he is after £50K/week.
This seems to be a blow to Newcastle, who were reported yesterday to have offered €9M (£7.2M) for the 22 year-old, which could be higher than the fee Hertha Berlin have agreed with Hamburg.
The fact that Lasogga wants to move to Hamburg is a big factor in negotiations, and we’d be very surprised if Newcastle can now get this player to Tyneside this summer.
We just hope we are working hard on other striker targets – since we probably need three top strikers brought in over the summer transfer window.
And to get them, Newcastle will need to start paying out some of the (big) money they have available to spend this summer.
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Written from Winchester, England.