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Hamburg signs forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga after loan; sells midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu
HAMBURG - Hamburger SV signed forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga on a five-year contract from Bundesliga rival Hertha Berlin after he spent a season on loan at the club. It also sold midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu to Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.
The 22-year-old Lasogga's goal in the second leg of a relegation playoff in May salvaged the top-flight status of the club, the only one never to have been relegated in the Bundesliga's 51-year history. Hamburg didn't give details of the permanent transfer deal.
Also, Leverkusen announced it signed Calhanoglu, a 20-year-old who has played for Turkey, on a five-year deal subject to a medical.
Leverkusen finished fourth last season, giving it a chance to qualify for this season's Champions League. It said Calhanoglu wanted a chance to prove himself in European competition.
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