Leeds almost made late U-turn on brilliant summer signing - report
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United were unsure about signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga this summer before they met him, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim there were “doubts about Lasogga’s attitude” among the club’s recruitment chiefs after he appeared to have fallen out with the management at parent club Hamburg.
It is said that the deal hung in the balance after suggestions in Germany that Lasogga was a difficult character to manage.
But it was only once director of football Victor Orta and the Elland Road hierarchy sat the striker, 25, down for a chat at Elland Road and held detailed talks with him that they could see he genuinely wanted to sign for the Championship giants.
Lasogga has made an immediate impact for the promotion hopefuls, scoring two goals on a memorable debut last weekend and supplying three assists across his first two matches.
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The forward has already established himself as the first-choice spearhead at Leeds following the £15million summer sale of Chris Wood to Burnley.
This comes after the former Germany Under-21 international had a wretched 2016-17 in which his 22 appearances for Hamburg yielded just two goals.
He slipped down the pecking order at the Bundesliga club and they agreed a deal with Leeds in which the second-tier English team pay just £15,000-a-week of his £50,000-a-week wages during his season-long loan.
Football Insider verdict:
It might be too early for the champagne corks to be popping on this deal, but Lasogga’s first two matches in a white shirt have provided strong evidence that he will be a menace to opponents this season rather than those who have to manage him. The new number nine is a brute of a forward blessed with a delicate touch. His physique is not too dissimilar to 2016-17 top scorer Chris Wood, but the German is more of an all-round forward who can also operate outside the penalty box. Three assists and two goals is a strong measure of his early impact, as is the relationship he has already nurtured with his teammates. At £15,000-a-week and without a transfer fee, he is undoubtedly a brilliant signing.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the Yorkshire giants and Newcastle United have made rival bids to sign a defender and he has now agreed a deal.