By Harry Sykes
Pierre-Michel Lasogga has revealed he has one eye on a permanent transfer to Leeds United.
The German striker, 25, joined the Championship giants on deadline day on a season-long loan from Hamburg, who are picking up the tab for most of his £50,000-a-week wages.
Lasogga has elected to drop down a division and move overseas after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Bundesliga big hitters, where he has two years remaining on his contract.
The player is well aware that a strong campaign could reinvigorate his career and provide the opportunity for him to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Premier League.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would like to play in the English top flight with Leeds as he raised the possibility of a permanent move next summer.
“It’s my first time in England. I spent all my time in Germany but now I’ll try my best here.
“It’s been a dream since I was a small boy to play in England and also in the Premier League.
“Maybe we’ll get the chance to go up into the Premier League and then we’ll see what happens next year with me. Maybe I can play here with Leeds in the Premier League.”
The former Germany Under-21 international has slipped down the pecking order at Hamburg but has a fine track record in his homeland.
He has scored 30 goals in 107 matches for Hamburg and struck 24 times in 69 appearances for former club Hertha Berlin.
Football Insider verdict:
This is the deal of the summer from Leeds. Lasogga might have lost his place at Hamburg, but don’t forget they are a top-ten Bundesliga side. He has dropped a division to join the Yorkshire giants and all the signs are that he could be a destroyer of Championship defences this season. Once he gets into his stride, Leeds could have an uber-prolific spearhead on their hands. And they are contributing only a quarter of a salary. Hats off to Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta.
In other Leeds United news, the club have secured an out of window striker signing after agreeing the terms of a deal.