Newcastle and Tottenham tracking Hamburg man as drop looms

After a nervy 0-0 draw at home, Bundesliga side Hamburg have edged closer to relegation – something that could prompt Pierre-Michel Lasogga to depart.

Newcastle United could be set to go toe-to-toe with Tottenham Hotspur in the pursuit of highly-rated Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, with the two teams seemingly set to miss out on Loic Remy.

The France international spent the season on loan at St James’ Park and had previously been linked with a summer move to Spurs, with the north London club keen to add a new striker to their ranks.

However, with Remy rumoured to favour a move to arch-rivals Arsenal, the Lilywhites may now turn their attention to another target – Lasogga.

The 22-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga this term scoring 13 goals in 20 games for Hamburg during a season-long loan from parent club Hertha Berlin.

Die Rothosen had been hoping to complete a permanent deal for the forward following the conclusion of the current campaign but, with the former European Cup winners currently embroiled in a serious relegation battle, that move has now been thrown into doubt.

Hamburg were held to a 0-0 draw with Bundesliga 2 side Greutner Furth last night in the first-leg of their relegation play-off with the second-tier side.

With their opponents set to benefit from home advantage in the return leg, Hamburg’s place in the Bundesliga – a division they have never dropped out of – looks in doubt.

Any failure to stay in the top league could see Lasogga opt for a move elsewhere, with Spurs and Newcastle both waiting in the wings.

The Toon are keen to bolster their own attacking options over the summer with long-time club servant Shola Ameobi expected to depart.

And while Tottenham have already sacked manager Tim Sherwood, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has publicly backed beleaguered Magpies boss Alan Pardew, with reports suggesting that the former West Ham gaffer will be given a £60 million transfer kitty.

Lasogga could be the first of many purchases for the north-east club, who have already been linked with the star, though they are likely to face stiff competition for the forward.


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