Newcastle United target swoop for Hertha striker Lasaggo

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NEWCASTLE United are stepping up their search for a striker – and hope to complete their third signing of the summer in the next few days.

The Magpies are desperate to add another two forwards to their ranks before they return to pre-season training.

They have a list of targets and are believed to be closing in on at least one of those to add to Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback, who have already joined this summer.

Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasaggo remains in their sights, despite claims over the weekend that United had dropped out of the race for the German Under-21 international.

Lasaggo spent last season on loan at Hamburg from Hertha Berlin, and bagged 13 goals in 22 games to save them from relegation.

The 22-year-old only has 12 months left on his Hertha contract, however, and the capital club’s general manager, Michael Preetz, admitted Newcastle are in a three-way fight to sign the youngster.

Preetz, who held talks with Lasaggo last week, said: “There will be a decision next week and it is only about three clubs: Hertha, Hamburg and Newcastle.”

If Newcastle miss out on the German ace, they could revive their interest in free agent Bafetimbi Gomis.

Gomis’s contract with Lyon expires this month, though the Frenchman is understood to be delaying a decision on his future until he returns from holiday, with several Premier League sides and clubs from Turkey and Russia showing an interest in the 28-year-old.

Reports over the weekend also saw Newcastle linked again with Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who they tried to sign from St Etienne last year.

The 24-year-old instead opted for German giants Borussia Dortmund, who signed him for £10.6m, but he has endured a mixed time in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund are believed to be keen to offload Aubameyang, despite also seeing Robert Lewandowski leave for Bayern Munich, and the forward is believed to have a release clause in his contract of just over £6m.

This has alerted Newcastle, although Chelsea have also been linked with the player.