NEWCASTLE United look set to miss out on target Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who is close to sealing a move to Hamburg.
The Hertha Berlin striker has held talks with the Bundesliga club, where he spent last season on loan.
And reports in Germany have indicated the 22-year-old favours a permanent move to Hamburg rather than a new contract in the nation’s capital – or a switch to St James’s Park.
Lasogga – who has a year left on his contract – is rated in the £10million bracket by his club.
The two clubs are understood to have agreed a deal which would see midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred, previously linked with Newcastle, move in the opposite direction.
Skjelbred spent last season on loan at Hertha as part of the agreement that saw Germany Under-21 international Lasogga move to the Imtech Arena.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is now focused on signing two strikers after signing midfielder Jack Colback and young forward Ayoze Perez.
The Magpies have other offensive targets – notably Montpellier’s attacking midfielder Remy Cabella – but work on that deal has been put on hold during the World Cup.
Cabella is at the tournament with France, and he has presumably discussed the merits of a move to St James’s Park with Newcastle pair Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko.
Cabella is understood to be keen on a move to St James’s Park despite a series of verbal attacks on Newcastle from Louis Nicollin, Montpellier’s outspoken president.