GERMAN STRIKER Pierre-Michel Lasogga said Leeds United had signed a “real No 9” as the Whites completed a quickfire double-swoop on transfer deadline day.
Lasogga arrived at Leeds on a season-long loan from Bundesliga side Hamburg on the same day that winger/forward Pawel Cibicki signed from Malmo on a four-year deal.
Cibicki, 23, joins Leeds for an undisclosed fee that was reported to be around £1.45m in the Swedish press.
Twenty-five-year old Lasogga, meanwhile, has been recruited by United despite initial fears that the striker’s reported £50,000-a-week wages at Hamburg would prove a stumbling block.
Leeds were looking for the Germans to stump up a sizeable proportion of the wage and announced the capture of the striker as their second and final signing yesterday.
The club have been on the hunt for a new target man ever since last season’s Championship top goalscorer Chris Wood joined Burnley for £15m.
Leeds have since signed 19-year-old Dutch striking prospect Jay-Roy Grot from NEC Nijmegan and United’s strike force has now been further boosted by the arrival of Lasogga, who will wear the No 9 shirt vacated by Wood.
“I am the typical No 9 and my game is in the box,” Lasogga told LUTV. “I want to help the team with scoring goals and giving assists and fighting for the whole club and the whole team. I am a real No 9.”
Lasogga arrives at Leeds following four years with Hamburg that initially featured 14 goals from 22 appearances whilst on loan from Hertha Berlin.
The striker then signed a five-year deal with Hamburg in July 2014 with the striker netting 14 goals in 81 appearances since signing a permanent deal.
Lasogga has been capped 11 times for Germany’s under-21s - scoring four times - and the marksman was called up to the full German side for the friendly against Chile in February 2014.
Lasogga was injured and could not play.
“Now was a time that I had to change something and I think Leeds is the right decision for me now,” said the German.
“I had to wait for the situation in Hamburg and it was not so easy for me but I had to wait and see which way I can go.
“I am very proud to be here and I want to give my all for this club and enjoy football.
“I hope we can play a very good season and I want to give my best for this club.”