Newcastle eyes on Germany

Newcastle United are ready to head to the Bundesliga for striking reinforcements once again.

Sky Sports understands that Alan Pardew's side have yet to decide on whether to take up their option on Borussia Monchangladbach striker Luuk de Jong - who has failed to score since joining on loan in January.

However, the St James' Park side are ready to step up their interest in Germany Under-21 striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

The Hertha Berlin striker has spent the last 12 months on loan at Hamburg, where he has impressed with 12 goals in 19 games, which earned him a call-up to the full Germany squad.

The 22-year-old has just nine months left on his current deal and has thus far shunned Hertha's attempts to try and extend his contract at the Olympic Stadion.

With Hertha now considering a sale, a number of Premier League clubs are reported to be showing an interest in the 6ft 2in front-man and Sky Sports understands Newcastle are one of those keen on landing him.

And now his mother Kerstin Lasogga, who also acts as his advisor, has revealed that moving to the Premier League could be an option.

She told Berliner Morgenpost newspaper: "Pierre is under contract with Hertha Berlin.

"But those people who know Pierre in person are aware that playing in the English Premiership has always been one of his desires."