By Russell Edge

23rd Feb, 2018 | 4:27pm

Ex-Leeds star urges Whites to seal top flight transfer deal for attacker loved by fans

Former Leeds United star Andy Couzens has urged the club to seal a transfer deal for loan striker Pierre Michel Lasogga in the summer although voiced worries over his wage demands.
The powerhouse hitman arrived at Elland Road from German top flight side Hamburg SV on a season long temporary deal in the summer, and has had an instant impact with his performances up front.
In his 23 outings across all competitions, the 26-year-old has scored 10 goals, including the opening strike in the 2-2 draw with Derby County in midweek.
With his deal expiring at the end of the season, and his contract at Hamburg lasting for just another year, Couzens has said that Elland Road is the right place for Lasogga with the fans’ love and support, but is worried that he might price himself out of a move if he does not accept a significant cut in his wages.
He told Football League World: “I would sign him, but the problem you’re going to get is his wages and that’s down to him if he wants to take a pay cut from Germany.
“If he wants to take a pay cut and come across and still earn very good money, then fair play to him.
“If he wants to resurrect that career of his then he needs to be playing week in, week out and he needs a crowd, manager and backroom people who love him.
“He’s a player that needs to be loved and who needs an arm round him, he’s a player who breeds on confidence. The Leeds fans are definitely working around to that now.”
Lasogga has been in exceptional form in recent weeks, netting a goal in each of his last three outings, although none were able to end the club’s dreadful winless run, which stretches back nearly two months to the 2-1 victory over Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
In other Leeds United news, Paul Heckingbottom has revealed what the dressing room was like after the draw against Derby.

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