When Pierre-Michel Lasogga moved from Hamburg to Leeds United on loan it was assumed in Germany that a half decent stay would see him remain at Elland Road or move to another English club.

There was the feeling that with all the money sloshing around in English football, someone would have to take a punt. A return to HSV simply wasn’t considered realistic, and even more so when the club’s constant slippery slide to the drop finally resulted in relegation.

When it became doubtful Leeds would sign Lasogga permanently, reports started in Germany of other English interest. And they continued, constantly.

Despite no clubs being named, it was insisted there was interest from both the Premier League and Championship, so HSV would be able to offload their big earner.

Well things have changed and it seems clear no English club has so far come forward. HSV have appointed a new sports director, Ralf Becker, and he’s been quoted by Bild as saying: “He is a Bundesliga striker, for the second league a top striker and super-interesting sportingly. He is under contract with us. He needs to get involved, then he could become an important building block.”

Whatever Becker says, if that English interest does materialise, expect Hamburg’s stance to change again.