Newcastle Utd miss out on transfer targets

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NEWCASTLE United have missed out on another strike target after Pierre-Michel Lasogga confirmed he has signed for Hamburg.

The Magpies had been keen on a deal for the 22-year-old German striker, and held talks with the player and his representatives.

But Lasogga has decided to return to Hamburg, where he spent last season on loan from Bundesliga rivals Hertha Berlin.

Lasogga, who had just 12 months left on his Hertha deal, has signed a five-year contract,

He scored 13 goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances, crucially adding the play-off goal against Greuther Furth which kept Hamburg in the top flight.

“It’s fantastic that this transfer has now been perfected and that my situation has been resolved,” said the 22-year-old forward.

“I’m delighted that I can continue playing for HSV.

“I hope this will be the start of a new and successful era and I’m pleased to be able to do my bit in the creation of a new Hamburg.”

Meanwhile, United’s hopes of landing Alexandre Lacazette have been dealt a blow – with the Lyon striker looking for a move to a Champions League club.

United have been strongly linked with the Frenchman this summer, and he was thought to be near the top of their striker shortlist.

However, his agent, David Venditelli, has appeared to rule out a move to Newcastle for the 23-year-old, though he could move to Liverpool or Everton, who have also been linked with the player

He said: “Some English clubs are rushing to the scene.

“If Alexandre were to leave, he would leave for a team which plays in the Champions League, or at least one which is very close to it.”