Leeds agree super-smart late deal - view
By Harry Sykes
Hamburg have committed to paying three-quarters of Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s £50,000-a-week salary while he is at Leeds United, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the salary paid to the striker, 25, by the Bundesliga club is far in excess of United’s normal wage limit.
But it is said that from the outset of transfer negotiations between the two clubs, Hamburg were committed to financing part of a deal.
The result is that the German outfit are subsidising around £37,500-a-week of Lasogga’s salary during his season-long loan, with Leeds making up the remainder.
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There has been some smart business from Leeds this summer. The Samuel Saiz transfer – a bona fide gem in the best modern Spanish tradition of the playmaker – was one hell of a coup, but even that might have to take second place to the capture of Lasogga. Forget about the reports of a combustible character who is hard work for the management. The 25-year-old is entering his peak years and has considerable pedigree – capped multiple times for Germany at Under-21 level, good enough to command an £8million fee three years ago and an impressive track record at two Bundesliga clubs. He has scored 30 goals in 107 matches for Hamburg and struck 24 times in 69 appearances for former club Hertha Berlin. Those are not numbers to be sniffed at.
In other Leeds United news, the club have secured an out of window striker signing after agreeing the terms of a deal.