Newcastle United appear to have missed out on another transfer target, with striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga the latest name scrubbed from their wishlist.
Earlier this week it was reported defender Curtis Davies is to sign a new Hull City contract, while disparaging comments from Wilfried Bony’s agent and Remy Cabella’s Montpellier president suggest neither long-term target will join the Magpies.
Now it seems Lasogga will dismiss Newcastle’s interest to stay in the Bundesliga.
The 22-year-old forward was pictured at a “secret” meeting with Hertha Berlin’s general manager Michael Preetz this week.
The German media is reporting he will choose between returning to the capital or staying with Hamburg after a successful season-long loan.
Lasogga scored 13 goals in 20 appearances for Hamburg, despite Die Rothosen fighting a relegation battle which went all the way into an end-of-season play-off.
Newcastle had hoped to take advantage of Lasogga’s contract situation – his current deal has a year to run – to sign him for a knockdown pric, and had been encouraged by the German Under-21 international’s publicly-stated desire to play in the Premier League.
However, Hertha want £10m for Lasaggo – a price which has taken Newcastle and Wolfsburg out of the reckoning.
Even the richest teams do not land all their first-choice targets, but Bony’s agent Dalibor Lacina has suggested the Magpies’ transfer strategy is working against them. The Ivory Coast forward was also valued at £10m last summer, but according to Lacina “they said they weren’t sure if he was good enough”.
Now, after an excellent debut season at Swansea City, Lacina is probably not far off in claiming his value has doubled.
He added: “Newcastle are a fantastic club but they are always the same with transfers.
“I was in contact with them two years ago over Tomas Ujfalusi, but it was a similar story.”
At least captain Fabricio Coloccini has underlined his commitment to the club, having now seemingly given up on moving to boyhood club San Lorenzo.
He said: “For the moment I think about staying in England.
“I am under contract for two more years and I will stay until the last day. I feel very well.
“I have been at the club for six years and all the support I receive makes me very happy.
“There is nothing with San Lorenzo. Everyone knows what the situation was last year but now there isn’t anything with them.”