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Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga signs with Leeds United on loan

Deal finally goes through

Hamburger SV v FC Schalke 04 - Bundesliga Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

Leeds United have (finally) announced the season-long loan of German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.

Lasogga has been declared surplus to requirements at Hamburg after three seasons at the club. He scored a remarkable 13 goals in 20 appearances for the club in the 2013-14 season while on loan from fellow Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, but he has failed to live up to the promise that he showed during that run, only scoring 13 more times in the next three seasons after a big-money move, including a rather poor effort of one goal in the Bundesliga last season.

Lasogga is likely hoping to reboot his career at Leeds this season, and after the departure of Chris Wood to Burnley, he has a chance to grab a place in the starting line-up for the Whites.

The club also signed Malmo forward Paweł Cibicki on a permanent deal today, officially announcing that the 23 year-old had joined on a four year contract. Malmo, as you probably know, is where club talisman Pontus Jansson started his career and there have been no confirmed reports that he was signed to make Jansson happy, but we’d like to think that’s why the lad was signed.

Leeds have signed a number of players in the transfer window, but landing a new striker might be one of the most important moves the club can make after 30 goal scorer Wood left for the money and glory of the Premier League. Lasogga needs a chance of pace in order to get the best out of him, and he did have the best season of his career while on loan, so maybe he’ll duplicate the performance at Leeds this season. Or maybe he’ll flop, but either way, it’s a loan deal that doesn’t obligate Leeds to purchase the player if he fails to live up to the hype.