Top-flight club confirms interest in striker as he reportedly jets out for Leeds talks
By Danny Wright
Bundesliga side Hamburg have confirmed that Leeds striker target Pierre-Michel Lasogga is attracting interest from England.
The German top-flight club announced on their official Twitter account on Monday morning that Lasogga, 25, is checking out his transfer options with Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claiming that the Hamburg striker is jetting in for talks with Leeds.
Von den Youngstern sind Törles Knöll, Patric Pfeiffer und Tobias Knost mit von der Partie. @Lasogga10 prüft Transferoption in England.
— Hamburger SV (@HSV) August 28, 2017
It is understood from the reliable journalist that Lasogga’s move to Elland Road is “very much on the table” and that Hamburg are looking to shift him on before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday night.
Leeds are in clear need of a new striker after Chris Wood sealed his £15million switch to Burnley last week leaving Jay-Roy Grot and the injured Caleb Ekuban as their only traditional options to lead the line of attack.
Former Germany Under-21 international Lasogga barely started a game for HSV last term, scoring just twice in 22 appearances across all competitions having been named in the starting line-up just six times.
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He has been on the books at Hamburg for four years after he signed on an initial loan deal in 2013 before earning a five-year contract a 12 months later.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds have already done a really good job at strengthening their squad this summer and they looked like a good bet to be in the battle for promotion this season. However with Chris Wood’s sale, it seems like their chances have taken a bit of a blow. The challenge for Leeds is to spend the Wood money wisely and make sure they replace the goals that he can score. Lasogga doesn’t appear that he would fit that category, having barely made an impact in the Bundesliga since he signed for HSV in 2013. Leeds already have a good squad in other areas so they should just look to reinvest all that money in quality, rather than quantity. Their squad is already quite big and that could prove to be a problem down the line.
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