Newcastle United’s pursuit of Pierre-Michel Lasogga appears to be fruitless as Hertha Berlin say he is not for sale.
Newcastle United are facing a summer of potential rebuilding, with one area of concern the striking department. Last season’s top scorer Loic Remy has returned to QPR and now reportedly fancies a move to Arsenal or Liverpool while Shola Ameobi has been released by the club. Papiss Cisse is a forgotten man and Luuk De Jong, who failed to score during his loan spell, has returned to Borussia Monchengladbach after his disappointing campaign.
And in their hour of need Newcastle are said to be considering adding to their French contingent at the club with the signing of Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Hertha Berlin.
Born and raised in Germany, he has also represented the German national team at under-21 level, but as you can tell from his name he has French ancestry. The former Bayer Leverkusen youngster spent this season out on loan at Hamburg SV – and was one of very few shining lights for the club as they survived relegation via a play-off with Greuther Furth.
His 14 goals in 22 appearances have obviously attracted the attention of many suitors, Newcastle reportedly being the strongest one.
His contract with Hertha ends in 2015, so there have been rumours they might just cash in on the player this summer.
But unfortunately for Newcastle that does not seem very likely. Talking to Bild this weekend Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz made it clear Lasogga would be staying with the club – even if it meant losing him for nothing next summer – suggesting Lasogga is the perfect option to replace Dortmund bound Adrian Ramos:
“Pierre Lasogga! [is Ramos’ replacement] … Pierre is our number 9. If it were so, we would have to consider [if he wanted to leave]. But that would require a club to make an offer we can not refuse…It is clear that we need one or two new strikers. If we can not find a replacement, he will stay, no matter how high the offer. [Even if he leaves for free in 2015] Yes, for the next season is simply too important. It is part of our job to be prepared for it. But again, we want to Pierre Lasogga, no other.”
It certainly seems as though Newcastle are not going to find it very easy to snap up Lasogga this summer, as Hertha Berlin this summer. Perhaps their striker search should now be centred elsewhere.