If Leeds United fans think they’re having it bad at the moment, spare a thought for Hamburg.

The club has stumbled from crisis to crisis in recent years and their proud glory days seem a long time ago. One thing that Hamburg have always hung to during their prolonged fall from grace is that they’ve never been relegated, but that now looks very likely indeed.

Barring a football miracle, HSV are doomed.

There’s post mortems everywhere in the club’s local media, wondering how it got to the stage that Hamburg are both rubbish and skint. One of the big reasons which comes forward is that the club gave out huge contracts to players who didn’t perform and then weren’t able to move them on.

Hamburger Abendblatt see a key failure last summer. The club should have got rid of high earners Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Lewis Holtby (once of Tottenham Hotspur fame), Albin Ekdal and Aaron Hunt.

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The only one they managed to move out was Lasogga, on loan to Leeds United, and the newspaper says HSV have ‘continued to pay over €1m of salary’.

Now, with relegation on the horizon, they simply have to get rid, and a Lasogga exit is looking nailed on, with Premier League interest being talked up in Germany.

It’s previously been reported the striker is paid €3.4m per year by Hamburg, and that he doesn’t want to give up his final year of contract.

The pendulum of whether Leeds should sign Lasogga permanently seems to swing by the week, but it’s got to be pretty sure they wouldn’t want to match those wages.