Report: Leeds plot late swoop for top-flight 25-year-old, one major hurdle to overcome
By Harry Sykes
Thomas Christiansen hasn’t stopped his summer spending yet and is targeting Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that the 25-year-old former Germany Under-21 star has been on the Leeds radar all summer and now they’re ready to make their move before the transfer window shuts.
Current club Hamburg, where Lasogga has been for the past four years, don’t see the striker as part of their future plans.
Lasogga made 20 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, scoring just the one goal.
However, his overall Hamburg record is more impressive, with 30 goals in 107 appearances.
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There is one potentially big hurdle to the deal. His wages are said to be an issue – he’s reportedly one of Hamburg’s highest-paid players – but the club are said to be willing to help out to smooth a transfer through.
Lasogga has two years left on his contract in Germany.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds need another striker. That was made clear when Caleb Ekuban made his competitive debut for the club against Port Vale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. He scored a late goal, but his overall performance against League 2 opposition showed that he’s not ready to make the step up to the Championship quite yet. His best hope is that he’s used as a late impact sub after showing signs of being a handful in the area. That means there’s no proper backup to chief goal-scorer Chris Wood and it’s likely that would become an issue at some point in the season. This looks like it could be the perfect solution – if Leeds can overcome the problem over his wages. It sounds like Hamburg want to move him on and if he can score in the Bundesliga he can help shoot Leeds towards the Premier League. This could be exciting and if Leeds have been tracking him all summer they could progress the deal fairly rapidly.
In other Leeds transfer news, Robert Green posted a Twitter message to fans after missing the Port Vale game.