By Harry Sykes
Pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft has claimed on Twitter that Leeds United could be trying to sign Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga as a replacement for Chris Wood.
Former Premier League striker Fjortoft, who is an expert on German football, cited a report in German newspaper Bild, which claims the Championship giants have registered their interest in signing the forward, 25, before the transfer window cut-off.
The Norwegian questioned whether Lasogga is intended to take the place of main man Wood, who has reportedly attracted strong interest from top-flight clubs following his exploits last season.
Bild reporting that @LUFC are after big HSV-striker Lasogga. 25 years old.
To replace Chris Wood….?
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) August 10, 2017
Bild report that Leeds’ pursuit of Lasogga is “serious” and that they want to take him for the 2017-18 season and help their promotion bid.
It is said 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 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 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? Leeds fans would hit the roof if that was not the case.
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