Newcastle have enquired about the services of Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga this month, the Bundesliga club's sporting director Peter Knabel has confirmed.
Lasogga, 23, was a target for Newcastle in the summer, per Sky Sports, but the German front man instead made a £7 million move to Hamburg from Hertha Berlin following a successful season-long loan at the Imtech Arena.
He has since struggled to replicate the form which saw him net 13 times in 18 league starts last season, however, with a nagging thigh problem restricting him to just three goals in 18 total appearances.
Nevertheless, Newcastle's interest doesn't appear to have waned and, following a report earlier this month from Sport Bild which named the club as potential suitors, Knabel has admitted that discussions have taken place.
"There have been requests, but no offer,” he told the German sports newspaper.
Under contract until 2019, it remains to be seen whether Hamburg will allow Lasogga to leave if Newcastle come in with a firm bid, but the Magpies could no doubt do with another striking option for the second half of the season.
Having earned a call-up to the senior national team in the past, the 6ft 2in forward has obvious Premier League credentials, but a sizeable bid might be required in order to lure him to St James’ Park.