For Hamburg, anything that can go wrong usually does. The Bundesliga’s calamity club actually enjoyed a fine start to the Bundesliga season after once again surviving by the skin of their teeth last time out, Nicolai Muller netting the winner in a 1-0 success over Augsburg on the opening day.
It’s what happened around 10 seconds later, however, that sums up life at the Imtech Arena. While lost in a sea of joy and overzealous celebrating, Muller’s knee gave way. As a result, Hamburg’s most potent attacker is now out for around seven months.
And while Hamburg fans will, once again, have had their head in their hands and cursing their luck, Leeds United supporters may have been equally concerned.
However, according to Bild, Whites supporters had no reason to worry. Hamburg will still sell Pierre-Michel Lasogga to the Elland Road club as he is so far down the club’s pecking order that even Muller’s injury has not convinced them to keep him around.
Lasogga has been linked with a move to West Yorkshire for the last two weeks and, according to the Daily Mail, attended Leeds’ goalless draw with Preston North End earlier in the month to kick-start negotiations over a potential move.
And Chris Wood’s impending £15 million move to Burnley, as reported by the BBC, should ensure Leeds step up their pursuit of a player who could prove an excellent fit for Championship football, despite scoring just 13 Bundesliga goals in the last three seasons.
Bild add that Hamburg are desperate to get Lasogga off their wage bill and, as he is fifth choice at the club, no amount of injuries suffered by their forwards will give them cold feet.