By Wayne Veysey

12th Aug, 2017 | 7:53am

Betting update: Leeds priced at evens to sign £59,000-a-week ace

By Harry Sykes

Leeds United have been installed as huge favourites to sign Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

Ladbrokes priced the Championship giants at evens on Friday to land the forward, 25, before the transfer window shuts.

This comes after German newspaper Bild reported that Leeds have registered their interest in signing Lasogga on a season-long loan.

It is said that the club’s pursuit of Lasogga is “serious” and that they want to take him for the 2017-18 season to help their bid to secure promotion to the Premier League after 13 years in the doldrums.

Bild report that the former Germany Under-21 striker is one of Hamburg’s top earners, with a salary of £59,000-a-week.

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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.

Leeds’ reported interest comes at a time when they are fending off huge interest in striker Chris Wood.

As revealed by Football Insider today, three Premier League clubs have tabled formal bids for the Championship leading scorer of last season.

Lasogga, who has two years remaining on his contract, had a poor 2016-17 season but his overall record in the German top flight is impressive.

He has scored 34 goals in 128 Bundesliga matches and has netted 30 times in 107 appearances in all competitions since joining Hamburg in 2013.

At previous club Hertha Berlin, Lasogga scored 24 goals in 69 matches.

In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Christiansen is lining up a move for a centre-back who is highly regarded and is captain of his club.

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