We had a report out last week on January 20th that Newcastle were reported still to be interested in signing former Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who we were after in the summer, but he decided to leave Hertha Berlin and join Hamburg, the club he had been on loan at in the previous season.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Newcastle trying to sign him in January
And there are reports again in the German magazine Bild today that Newcastle are now considering a late move for the 23 year-old German striker.
The news is that Newcastle are making a move for the 23 year-old, and hope to sign him before this transfer window slams shut next Monday.
Hamburg Sporting Director Peter Knabel has said the following in Bild today about interest in his striker:
“There have been requests, but no offer.”
Lasogga signed a five year contract at Hamburg that goes through the summer of 2019, and the transfer fee to Hamburg last summer was around £7M, so that’s within reach of Newcastle United – especially since we probably made over £40M in profits in our last financial year, through last June.
Both Lasogga and Hamburg have had a poor season, and the club are currently in 14th position of the 18 teams in the Bundesliga and are level on points (17 after 17 games) with third bottom Werder Bremen, and losing 2013 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund are still 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.
The have the lowest goals total in the Bundesliga with only 9 goals scored – but they have only conceded 19 goals – Papiss Cisse has scored 9 Premier League goals for us this season in just 14 appearances.
We hope this news is accurate, and it could be an opportune time to snap up the striker, but we’d still be very surprised if Newcastle can bring Pierre-Michel Lasogga into the club in the next five days.
He was our number one striker target last summer before he chose to join Hamburg, and form what we can tell he is a very good player.
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