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Sunderland should make move for £50k-a-week Pierre-Michel Lasogga

The German is leaving Leeds United and Sunderland need new recruits.

Mathew Nash

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Pierre-Michel Lasogga will not be heading back to Leeds United this summer. The Hamburg striker spent last season on loan at Elland Road, as a replacement for Chris Wood. the one-time German international hopeful was looking like a very good signing at the start of his Leeds career, but his form always proved to be streaky.

In the end, his inconsistency did not impress new manager Paul Heckingbottom and he found himself out of the side. With his wages high, Leeds decided not to keep him on board for next season.

But what about other clubs in England. According to Hamburger Morgenpost, as relayed by Sport Witness, there is English interest in the striker and it appears Hamburg, who were recently relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, believe the English market is the best for finding Lasogga a new team.

So who might want to bring the striker in?

One team who should be interested are League One newbies Sunderland. The Black Cats suffered a second successive relegation last term and now find themselves looking to fight for promotion back to the Championship.

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However, it has been a progressive summer at the Stadium of Light so far. The club is under new management in Jack Ross and new ownership, with hefty funds being promised to fuel a promotion push.

Lasogga would be a perfect option for Sunderland, who need to strengthen their attacking options. The German has proven, albeit inconsistently, that he can find the net in English football and that was in the Championship. In the league below, he could be a major force to be reckoned with and could be the man to fire Sunderland back up.

It could be that Lasogga might see League One as a step below him, but playing for a club the size of Sunderland should make those issues subside.

Lasogga’s wages will be an issue for anyone in English football. It has been reported that the striker is on around £50,000-a-week with the German side, an amount that Sunderland should not even contemplate spending.

The Black Cats could, however, pay a portion of those wages, either on a loan deal or if snapped up permanently.

Lasogga would be a brilliant addition to the Sunderland attack and one the Wearside club should be entertaining this summer.

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Leeds United should target Marcelo Bielsa teacher’s pet Stephane Sparagna

Leeds United’s new boss was a big fan of Sparagna at Marseille.

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Leeds United have completed one of the more eye-catching managerial appointments in Championship history, with the appointment of Argentine legend Marcelo Bielsa before the weekend.

The former Athletic Bilbao and Marseille boss is a cult hero in the sport for his revolutionary tactics and influence on some of the best young managers in the world today.

He also often sees things in certain players that others don’t. He can make a player thrive, who then falls away once he departs. Aurtenetxe at Athletic Bilbao a prime example. From playing in the Europa League final and being on the verge of the Spanish national team, to being released by Dundee.

Another player who fits this bill is French central defender Stephane Sparagna.

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Bielsa plucked him from the reserves back in 2014 just as his Marseille career appeared to be dwindling away. Bielsa quickly turned him into a squad regular and soon Arsenal were snooping. When Bielsa left, Sparagna fell out of favour – with injuries also a contributing factor.

But Bielsa’s influence cannot be understated. Sparagna said so himself, telling Europe1 Sports that the Argentine was the ‘only one who believed in him.’

Nowadays the 23-year-old is impressing in Portuguese football with Boavista but Leeds need a new central defender. They need players Bielsa can trust, especially if a three at the back formation is implemented at Elland Road.

The former French youth international underwent corrective knee surgery in May but is expected back for the new season.

Considering he would be an affordable, trustworthy former Bielsa product in a position that Leeds need reinforcements, Sparagna would be a welcome recruit.

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Why Marcelo Bielsa is unlikely to target Fernando Llorente reunion at Leeds United

The Tottenham Hotspur striker is set to leave but a move to Leeds would appear unlikely.

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The appointment of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United on Friday has led to some exciting transfer rumours and reports. The Argentine’s close link with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino soon saw an opinion piece on Juan Foyth become a transfer link in Argentina. Another Spurs player has also been talked about online. Whilst no official interest has been reported many are wondering whether Leeds could swoop for out-of-favour Spurs striker Fernando Llorente.

On the one hand, it makes perfect sense. Bielsa has good links with Spurs, Llorente played under the Argentine at Athletic Bilbao and Leeds desperately need a striker of the Spaniard’s ilk.

‘Make it happen’, Leeds fans might cry.

But whilst rumours and dreams of a deal for the £12.1 million striker may be present, the reality is this is an extremely unlikely move.

First of all, there are his massive wages. That, however, is an issue Leeds could get around.

What they wouldn’t is the relationship between Bielsa and Llorente which is frosty, to say the least.

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In the summer of 2012, with one year remaining on his contract with Bilbao, the ‘Lion King’ shocked his adoring fans by making his intention to leave the club clear.

Bilbao, always the hardest of bargainers, told him he would have to wait until his contract expired.

What happened next was a series of fall-outs and arguments. In October that year, the striker was banished from the club. As reported by Football Espana, his conduct in training saw Bielsa give him the boot.

When he was brought back into the fold, he could not get a game. Looking beyond, Bielsa played Aritz Aduriz instead.

In December, after Llorente was booed by his own fans, the new Leeds boss told him to ‘get used to it’, as reported by ESPN.

Prior to his contract situation, Llorente spoke only highly of ‘the boss’ but as soon as he got on the wrong side of him there was no coming back.

So whilst Llorente to Leeds may be many people’s dream Bielsa move, it looks highly unlikely considering the combustible nature of the pair’s past.

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Leeds United round-up: Hernandez competition, Posh strong on Marriott and South Africa interest in talent

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Abel competition

Leeds United face further competition for the signature of Abel Hernandez this summer. Leeds have tabled a contract offer for the Uruguayan, who is a free agent having left Hull City.

But it soon emerged that Galatasaray also want the striker and now a return to Serie A is being mooted.

Hernandez, who previously played for Palermo in the Italian top-flight, is wanted by Genoa – according to reports.

Il Secolo XIX is reporting, as relayed by TMW, that Genoa have also approached the striker with a contract offer.

Hernandez has a big decision to make over his future this summer, with Leeds hoping he will decide on a move to Elland Road.

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Marriott price-tag

Leeds United are still interested in Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott, but the Posh continue to resist bids for the player.

The striker scored 33 goals last season and can leave for the right price this summer.

However, it would appear that price-tag has not yet been met and the League One side are standing firm – as reported by the Bristol Post.

Bafana Bafana interest

Whilst the World Cup is currently underway it seems one talented young Leeds United player can start dreaming of an international future himself.

Max McMillan is being lined up to represent South Africa on the national scene. According to Soccer Laduma, the young Leeds forward is wanted by the Bafana Bafana, as they hunt the globe for more eligible talent.

Whilst still young, his older brother Alex of Grimsby Town is also being targeted and could even make a move to South Africa soon.

The pair qualify to play for the African nation via their father’s heritage.

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