There are reports in Germany that Newcastle are interested again in a striker who was our number one transfer target last summer – German International striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
23 year-old Pierre-Michel Lasogga
Lasogga decided to move from Hertha Berlin to Hamburg last summer, after he spent a successful season long loan spell, and he signed a five year deal for about £7M the Hamburg club.
Lasogga currently has a thigh injury and he is in Dubai as part of his recovery, and the report coming out of Germany in Bild magazine is that Newcastle are monitoring his situation.
Injuries have affected Lasogga’s season so far, and he has only played a handful of games for Hamburg, and the report is that Newcastle may make a bid for their former number one target in January – but that seems a bit of a stretch.
The news in the summer was that when Newcastle talked to the 23 year-old he agreed verbally to join the Tyneside club, but did not follow through on that, and eventually made his loan spell at Hamburg permanent.
Both Lasogga and Hamburg have had a poor season and the club are currently in 14th position of 18 teams in the Bundesliga and are level on points (17 after 17 games) with third bottom Werder Bremen, and of course 2013 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund are joint bottom on 15 points.
Hamburg had such a poor start to the season that they fired head coach Mirko Slomka in mid-September, and one or two days later confirmed the club’s under-23 coach Josef Zinnbauer was the new head coach.
Lasogga was one of several big signings the German club brought in over the summer.
They also brought in Lewis Holtby, Valon Behrami, Cleber and Nicolai Mueller, after the club had only just survived in the Bundesliga after winning a play-off – but those signings have simply not paid off.
They drew 0-0 at home in the first play-off game with Greuther Fuerth last May, and drew 1-1 in the away leg with a goal from Lasogga and the that away goal kept them up. 🙁
We’d be surprised if Newcastle are really interested in signing Lasogga in January, but if his discontent lasts through the summer Newcastle could certainly make a bid for him then – when hopefully we will have our new head coach in place.
And if Hamburg are relegated, we would expect Newcastle to move in and try to get a good deal on the 23 year-old.
While at Hertha Berlin Lasogga scored 24 goals in 69 appearances and at Hamburg he has played a total of 42 appearances with 18 goals.
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