Leeds United want to sign Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan with a view to a permanent deal

Leeds United pursuing Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga

Leeds United have stepped up their pursuit to sign Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

The 25-year-old was in Leeds on Saturday ahead of his prospective loan move with a view to a permanent deal.

The Championship club recently turned down a £12million bid from Burnley for last season’s top scorer Chris Wood but have expressed a desire to bring in Lasogga in order to strengthen their attack and increase competition for Wood, and recent signing Caleb Ekuban.

Leeds United want to sign Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan with a view to a permanent deal

Leeds United want to sign Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan with a view to a permanent deal

The Championship side want to bring in Hamburg outcast to bolster their attacking options

The Championship side want to bring in Hamburg outcast to bolster their attacking options

United are confident a deal can be struck to sign Lasogga, who they have been monitoring for some time, as they prepare for an improved Burnley bid for 27-goal man Wood.

The German striker, who is one of Hamburg’s highest earners, only netted once last season in 20 Bundesliga games and has been given permission to leave the club as they look to slash their wage budget.

They also want to keep Chris Wood who has drawn interest from Premier League side Burnley

They also want to keep Chris Wood who has drawn interest from Premier League side Burnley

Lasogga, who has earned 12 Germany Under 21 caps, began his career at Bayer Leverkusen before moving to Hertha Berlin in 2010 where he scored 22 goals in 64 league outings.

He joined Hamburg in 2013 but after only scoring nine times in the last two Bundesliga campaigns the striker has fallen out of favour.

United won their opening Championship fixture 3-2 away to Bolton Wanderers before drawing 0-0 with Preston North End on Saturday.

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