With no signs of a managerial appointment at Newcastle before the end of the transfer window, and little showing of any investment into player transfers, January looks set to be a quiet month.
However reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Newcastle are interested in HSV’s 23-year-old striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga. He was rumoured to move to the Tyneside club during the summer, however he instead made his loan from Hertha Berlin to HSV permanent.
Lasogga to Newcastle
Not only has he disappointed since the summer move, scoring just three goals in 16 appearances, but his season has somewhat been stunted by injury and accusations surrounding his fitness. Only earlier this month the Germany U21 player was accused of being overweight.
Coincidentally the HSV forward, who is currently injured, will be in Abu Dhabi for HSV’s friendly with Manchester City at the same time as Newcastle are. Despite his recent issues with scoring and a thigh injury, Bild report that Newcastle will resurrect their bid for the player.
The Hamburger Gazette claim that HSV will allow Pierre-Michel Lasogga to leave, making space for the Bayer Leverkusen forward Josip Drmic.
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Leverkusen have been left unimpressed by Hamburg talking about acquiring Drmic before any agreement has been reached. Michael Schade, Leverkusen manager, said: "We would be crazy to go into the second part of the season with only one forward.”
Callum Roberts to sign professional terms
It is also believed that talented 17-year-old forward Callum Roberts will sign pro terms with Newcastle imminently. North Shields-born Roberts was promoted to first team training by now-Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, who had praised the youngster’s technique and ability.