'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:
What’s to assess? Prob get him for £2-3m and even on big wages, be miles better deal than Gestede type signing. Will be worth £20m+ after 25 goal season
— AW (@AWwhite1) February 26, 2018
Think he still has an awful lot between now and the end of the season to prove to LUFC he warrants a significant wage
— Clive Connor (@CliveConnor2017) February 26, 2018
— James (@jamesdunn07) February 26, 2018
Lasogga permanent deal needed #lufc
— Armo ????☀️ #NH69 ???????? (@Jordan_Armo) February 27, 2018
Surely Lasogga himself must understand he needs to take a wage cut no matter where he goes? He can’t legitimately expect to stay on 50k a week who is going to pay that? Unfortunately I think he can expect more than the 20k a week we could probably stretch to #lufc
— Joe Atherton (@joetmatherton) February 26, 2018
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) February 26, 2018
If his wages are more than 50k then don’t bother let’s look for a player with premiership experience or one that has the potential. The last few weeks he’s looked more interested but he needs to show that for rest of the season and maybe then Leeds should look at it.
— Andy Loftus (@AndyLoftus1971) February 26, 2018
I think they’ll look to getting him on another season long loan but I’m not sure Hamburg will allow it.
— Russ Cowling (@Russlufc) February 26, 2018
In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.