Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s move to Leeds United has yet to be announced.
Well, yet to be announced by Leeds United. Hamburg announced it on Tuesday evening, but then retracted that.
Hamburg had tweeted the deal was done.
The German club’s sport director Jens Todt wished the player well, quoted by Die Welt as saying: “We wish Pierre all the best for the new challenge in England and keep our fingers crossed for Leeds.”
And then, everything was taken back.
Now in Germany all the claims are that Lasogga will be announced before the deadline, there’s no suggestion the deal isn’t agreed or that it’s off.
Over in Sweden, on Tuesday Malmo sporting director Daniel Andersson confirmed Leeds United talks for Pawel Cibicki, after the player had also done so himself.
The on Wednesday, Andersson didn’t mention Leeds United when explaining Cibicki skipping training: “He’s off to meet a club.”
From everything being open, it’s now shut.
If German reports are to be believed, Lasogga could have been announced today. In Sweden, the shut down on mentions of Leeds United could well be a directive from Yorkshire, just like the Hamburg backtracking.
The developments would suggest Leeds United want control of their transfer situations, and when the deals will be announced. Confirming multiple arrivals (Lasogga, Cibicki, maybe even more) on Deadline Day means the window ends with excitement, rather than a hangover from a big day today.