Leeds have secured deals for two strikers ahead of the deadline tonight, one on loan and one for around £1.6 million. The first to arrive was Swedish striker Pawel Cibicki this morning, and he was followed by German Bundesliga man Pierre-Michel Lassoga.
Pawel Cibicki – £1.6 million – 4-year-deal
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Loan – End Of Season
Both of these deals were expected to go through today but both were held up for different reasons. Cibicki was pictured with a Leeds shirt last night and then signing his deal with Angus Kinnear and Victor Orta. However the club had to await the verdict of the medical which meant they had to wait an extra day to announce the deal. Lasogga was more complicated. After Hamburg tweeted that Lasogga had joined on loan it there was a mix up with paperwork at the German end, something that was resolved today before the deal was completed.
In terms of names we haven’t known many of the players who have come in this summer and these two are no different although Lasogga certainly has pedigree. Hamburg were parting with around £55k per week to have the player at Hamburg and although they won’t be paying that now they will be paying the majority, with Leeds’ highest earner recently departed on around £17k per week, Chris Wood. He has scored Bundesliga goals and made his name at Hertha Berlin as youngster.
Angus Kinnear confirmed after the Lasogga would be the last deal of the summer transfer window, a window that has welcomed 15 new players from various clubs and countries, something we will be breaking down in the next couple of days. Lasogga has been handed the number 9 shirt, Pawel Cibicki the number 22, and they will both be competing for a place in the strikers spot, one currently occupied by Kemar Roofe, and add Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot to that mix and you have some serious competition for places.