NEWCASTLE United target Pierre-Michel Lasogga is close to sealing a move to Hamburg.
The Hertha Berlin striker has held talks with the Bundesliga club, where he spent last season on loan.
Reports in Germany have indicated the 22-year-old favours a permanent move to Hamburg rather than a new contract in the capital – or a switch to St James’s Park.
Lasogga, who has a year left on his deal, is rated in the £10million bracket by his club. The two clubs are understood to have agreed a deal which would see midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred, previously linked with United, move in the opposite direction.
Skjelbred spent last season on loan at Hertha as part of the agreement that saw Germany Under-21 international Lasogga move to the Imtech Arena.
United manager Alan Pardew told SportMail this week that the club is now focused on signing two strikers after signing Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez.
United have other offensive targets, notably Montpellier’s attacking midfielder Remy Cabella, but work on that deal has been put on hold during the World Cup.
Cabella is at the tournament with France and he has presumably discussed the merits of a move to St James’s Park with Newcastle pair Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko. Former United pair Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy are also in Deschamps’s squad.
Cabella is understood to be keen on a move to St James’s Park despite a series of verbal attacks on Newcastle from Montpellier president Louis Nicollin.