Report: Leeds United targeted Pierre-Michel Lasogga after baulking at Aron Johannsson fee

Apoel's Danish head coach Thomas Christiansen looks on ahead of the Europa League round of 16 football match between APOEL Nicosia vs R.S.C. Anderlecht at the Neo GSP Stadium in Nicosia on...

Leeds United reportedly wanted to sign Werder Bremen's forgotten man Aron Johannsson but turned their attentions to Hamburg's Lasogga instead.

Hamburg's forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga (L) celebrates his team's opening goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg vs Hamburger SV at Volkswagen-Arena...

The goals have dried up somewhat for Pierre-Michel Lasogga at Leeds United. After scoring twice on his debut in a 5-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in early September, the Hamburg loanee has only hit the net once in his six appearances since.

Nonetheless, Lasogga still looks an excellent addition for a side who were crying out for a goalscorer and a presence in attack after Chris Wood left for Burnley.

Though it may come as a surprise to Leeds fans to learn that the German striker was not the club’s first choice target in the summer. According to DeichStube, American international Aron Johannsson may have been wearing the white of Leeds right now if it wasn’t for a rather ambitious asking price.

(L-R) Bremen's US forward Aron Johannsson, Leipzig's Austrian midfielder Stefan Ilsanker and Leipzig's defender Willi Orban vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga...

The report claims that Johansson wanted to leave Bremen in the summer and the Bundesliga strugglers were also willing to sell – though not for less than £4 million.

The former AZ Alkmaar goal-machine also earns good money in Germany and, with Leeds usually operating within their means when it comes to wages, Johansson probably would have been forced to accept a substantial pay cut to move to England.

Aron Johannsson of AZ in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ Alkmaar and SC Cambuur held at the AFAS Stadion on March 21, 2015 in Alkmaar, Netherlands.

As a result, Leeds turned their attention to Lasogga instead and signed the 25-year-old on a season-long loan from Hamburg.

Considering that Johannsson has played just three minutes of football in the Bundesliga for Bremen this season and has been omitted from the matchday squads more often than not, however, the 26-year-old could have done with a fresh start at Elland Road.

Due to a series of injury problems, Johansson has only played 16 Bundesliga games, scoring three goals, since moving from AZ in the summer of 2015.

Instead, it’s Lasogga who is restoring his reputation in West Yorkshire instead.

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