By Wayne Veysey

27th Feb, 2018 | 2:32pm

'Will be worth £20m+', 'Love that' - Leeds fans react to confirmed centre-forward pursuit

By Richard Parks

Leeds United recruitment chief Victor Orta told a fan forum the club are evaluating signing Pierre Michel-Lasogga permanently – and fans delivered mixed verdicts on Twitter to the revelation.

Speaking to the online forum uploaded on to the club’s app, the Elland Road director of football revealed for the first time that there is a buy-out clause inserted in the season-long loan agreement that took the German to Leeds last August.
Orta stressed that Leeds would wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to try to convert Lasogga’s loan into a permanent transfer.
Nevertheless, the Spaniard has been impressed by Lasogga’s recent form in which he has scored five league goals since the turn of the year to lift his tally for the campaign to 10 goals from 24 Championship appearances.
“Former club Hamburg put a buy-out clause, but it’s a long season,” said Orta, as quoted by Leeds Live. “He has a situation of contract that he already has one year more of contract in Hamburg.
“I think it is a situation we can discuss in certain and can be a possibility with our realistic situation, but is true that with his quality we are obviously evaluating this possibility.”
Lasogga was signed by Hamburg for £8.5million in the summer of 2014 but he had lost his starting place before joining Leeds on loan last August.
Leeds are reportedly paying £15,000-a-week towards the 26-year-old’s £50,000-a-week wages and the cost of signing him this summer is likely to be in the multi millions given that his contract with the Bundesliga club runs until June 2019.
Some United fans have called on the club to snap up a player who could be “worth £20million-plus” if he continues to bang in the goals, while others insist he has much still to prove between now and the end of the season.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

 

 
In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.

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