By Harry Sykes
Leeds United have made an approach to sign Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan, according to a report.
German newspaper Bild claim the Championship giants have registered their interest in signing the forward, 25, before the transfer window cut-off.
It is said that Leeds’ pursuit of Lasogga is “serious” and that they want to take him for the 2017-18 season and help their promotion bid.
Bild report that the former Germany Under-21 striker is one of Hamburg’s top earners, with a salary of £59,000-a-week.
That would normally rule out a move to Leeds but the Bundesliga outfit do not see the front man as part of their plans for this season and are willing to subsidise his wages to smooth a transfer.
Lasogga had a poor 2016-17 season but his overall Hamburg record of 30 goals in 107 appearances does bear scrutiny.
He has two years left on his contract at the German club.
Football Insider verdict:
Do Leeds view Lasogga as competition for main man Chris Wood? Or as a direct replacement? That is the question nervous Leeds fans will want answering as they assess their club’s pursuit of a player with a bona fide scoring record in a top league. The German’s salary makes it clear he is a forward of genuine pedigree, despite a wretched 2016-17 campaign in which his reputation nosedived. He would surely be a massive asset in England’s second tier, but will he end up playing alongside the Championship’s top scorer of last season?
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