By Harry Sykes
Leeds United had major doubts 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 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.
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.
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.