Newcastle Reported To Be Tracking Pierre-Michel Lasogga


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.

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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9 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail for Ashley

    You will have to post a link to the article you mean, all I am getting is a picture of Haidara and Michel Salgado in Dubai, match reports etc.

    I will respond later.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #2

    pass on this loser

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Not good enough for NUFC

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #4

    70Two,
    Click on the match report and read the section headlined ‘Waffle’

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    This site says there is a sticking point over Garde wanting his own staff http://www.foot-sur7.fr/205495-news-transfert-newcastle-garde-sur-le-banc-toujours-pas-daccord

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  • geordie157

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    No thanks on Lasogga.

    Old links doing the rounds again. We won’t be signing anyone until a new manager sorry head coach is installed.

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  • martoon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #7

    JFA – I read that article but I also noticed this:-
    * it has been reported that Colo would return to his native Argentina, but he was spotted in Newcastle City Centre on Monday.
    I was defending Colo for being allowed to return to Argentina to see his family but if that is not the case then it is indefencible that he didn’t go to Dubai – of course he may not have been able get a flight at the weekend!

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  • geordie157

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Wonder if there are still lots of Martinez fans out there, it does look like he’s got the best out of that side and is another with no plan B.

    The football them and Villa are playing actually makes us look alright. Both to go down please!

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #9

    J4A – Got it!!

    All very true –
    “The results are there for all to see, and put into sharp focus when a team like Southampton turn up with competence, enthusiasm, momentum, leadership and direction. The biggest home crowd in their history is less than 33,000. You could weep at the wasted opportunity on Barrack Road.”

    Limited lifeless football. And if the reports from Dubai give us any indication of training methods, it is no wonder. They suggest it is following a normal weeks schedule:
    Monday – match players get treatment/post game work out / the remaining players high intensity field exercise with “a bit” of football.
    Tuesday – fitness training in the morning and weight training in the gym in the afternoon.
    Wednesday – day off.
    Thursday – I presume this is when Pardew got to do his defensive work, having returned from London.
    Friday – Carvers notorious attacking training.
    Saturday – match day.
    Sunday – smile at how much money they are earning for being losers.

    The lack of team cohesion, a game plan, framework for playing, or technical improvement is there for all to see.

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