Leeds fend off Aston Villa to sign big Orta favourite- report
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United won the race to sign Pierre-Michel Lasogga this summer after fending off late interest from Aston Villa, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Villa were pushing to sign the German striker in the final days of the summer transfer window but Leeds managed to withstand their Championship rivals to capture him on deadline day.
Lasogga has joined on a season-long loan from Hamburg after becoming United’s 16th and final summer signing.
The 25-year-old has said he will make himself available to make his debut in Saturday’ Championship clash against Burton Albion at Elland Road despite the imminent arrival of his first child.
Supporters are excited at seeing the former Germany Under-21 international in action after his extensive spell in the Bundesliga, where he also represented Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin.
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Director of football Orta explained what Leeds fans can expect from their new number nine and how he has not been signed just to replace the goals of 2016-17 Championship top scorer Chris Wood.
“I’m happy with Lasogga,” Orta told the official Leeds website. “Lasogga is a player at the top level of European competition. This is a player at Premier League level.”
“I never ask for a striker who provides me goals. I prefer a striker involved in hard work, involved in the build up gam., having a good passing game with the midfielders. A goal is a consequence.”
Lasogga is the most senior of the four strikers signed by Leeds this summer, with Caleb Ekuban, Pawel Cibicki andJay-Roy Grot all arriving on permanent deals.
The battle for places up front will now begin in earnest following Wood’s sale to Burnley for £15million, with Kemar Roofe also in the mix for the spearhead role after scoring two goals in the last four matches from that position.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have secured an out of window striker signing after agreeing the terms of a deal.