The Guardian has speculated that Everton are in the running to complete the signing of Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga is wanted by Everton…
The German forward is only 22 years old but has an increasingly scoring record, and while being a good prospect for the future, he would be able to add to Everton’s attacking line immediately.
Everton are in desperate need of a striker for the beginning of next season. Their main forward from the past season, Romelu Lukaku who scored 15 league goals in 31 appearances, has returned to his parent club Chelsea.
Aroune Kone, who followed manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan, missed most of the season with a knee injury leaving doubts as to how effective he will be next year. Lacina Traoré has returned to Monaco after spending the season on loan while Steven Naismith isn’t a prolific scorer having only netted 9 times for Everton in The Premier League.
The Everton manager is well aware of the club’s shortcomings up front and may see Lasogga as an ideal player to bolster their attack.
Having spent his youth career at a variety of clubs, he eventually left Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 to join Hertha Berlin. He scored 22 goals in 63 games before moving to Hamburger SV on loan in 2013, scoring a remarkable 13 times in 20 appearances.
Everton face a tough battle to land the forward though, with Newcastle, West Ham and Leverkusen all battling for his signature. However, the player has given indications that he would prefer to play in The Premier League, telling The Daily Star:
“Since I started to play football, my dream has been to play in the Premier League.”
The same source reports that Martinez will have to make an contract offer of at least £55,000 a week in order to land the star.