By Paul Blakeman

Pierre-Michel Lasogga will return to his parent club Hamburg this summer and has seemingly ruled out a permanent move to Leeds United after an unconvincing loan spell in 2017-18.

The German centre forward was brought to Elland Road after the sale of Chris Wood to Burnley last summer, in what was seen as something of a coup for the Yorkshire outfit.

Lasogga started his time at Leeds in a positive fashion but struggled for consistency as the Whites went from promotion hopefuls to a mid-table outfit.

The powerful striker has returned to his homeland and admitted that he was assuming that he will be playing a role in trying to get Hamburg back to the Bundesliga after their relegation last season.

“I am a HSV player and I have another year on my contract,” Lasogga told German newspaper Bild.

“That is why I currently assume that I will be in Hamburg for the start of training.”

Despite Lasogga’s willingness to help his club get back into the top tier at the first attempt, Hamburg might look to offload the striker due to his hefty €3.4millon yearly salary, as reported by Bild.

Leeds look likely to focus their attention on other striking options rather than attempting to permanently sign the German, who netted a modest 10 goals in 33 appearances last season.

Lasogga’s lack of mobility was a source of frustration for the Whites fans last season and his style of play did not suit the enterprising football that Thomas Christiansen initially looked to play.

Leeds have not replaced Wood’s goals or team play and as such landing a centre forward of note should be a major transfer priority this summer.


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