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MUM'S THE WORD FOR LASOGGA; Newcastle waiting on striker's call over move.

Byline: Lee Ryder

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United's managing director Lee Charnley has held talks with Lasogga's mother Kerstin in recent weeks and the striker is waiting on her to have the final say in the deal.

The 6ft 3in striker and his family are mulling over United's offer and the player has already visited the club's Benton base last week.

Newcastle are in desperate need of a striker after the loan deals of Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong expired.

The Magpies are in direct competition with Hamburg - where he had a spell on loan last term - for his signature.

The Bundesliga club staved off relegation by the skin of their teeth in the play-offs and United ran the rule over Lasogga as he grabbed 13 goals in 20 games.

But as reported earlier this week his parent club Hertha Berlin are also happy to keep Lasogga.

He has one year left on his contract and this is the last chance for Hertha to pick up a fee for his services.

Hamburg's offer for the player is thought to be [euro]6m plus Norwegian player Per Ciljan Skjelbred who spent last term on loan to Hertha Berlin.

With Hamburg not flush after struggling at the wrong end of the table, it is thought that bil-lionaire backer Klaus-Michael Kuhne will help pay for the four-year deal worth [euro]12m that Kevin Keegan's old club hope to lure Lasogga to the Imtech Arena on a permanent basis.

Kuhne has bailed the club out before and helped Hamburg sign Rafael van der Vaart from Tottenham two years ago.

However, should cashstrapped Hamburg fail to get their sums right, Newcastle's deal will still be on the table. And Lasogga's desire to play in the Premier League will face its ultimate test.

He said recently: "I have been saying since I can play football, I have a dream to go sometime in the Premier League.

Hamburg's sporting director Oliver Kreuzer said: "If Pierre wants to continue his career in Hamburg, I do believe that we have good ways to keep him."

Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool are all thought to have looked at Lasogga, but Newcastle are the only English club to stay in the race. If Lasogga agrees to the offer from United, he would cost around PS8m.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 18, 2014
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