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.
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.