Although reports remain unconfirmed at this stage, Newcastle United look set to miss out on Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Despite keen interest from Tyneside, the 22 year old appears almost certain to sign for Hamburg in the coming days.

The news will come as a blow to the Magpies, who were believed to be readying a £9 million offer for the German that racked up thirteen strikes in eighteen appearances on loan at the Imtech Arena last season. With Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy’s loans expiring and Shola Ameobi’s release, Alan Pardew is in desperate need of striking reinforcements.

However, Lasogga was by no means the only target on Newcastle’s shortlist. As is to be expected now, the Magpies have been linked with a number of Ligue 1 stars to add to their already sizable French contingent.

The World Cup may have halted the club’s transfer progress but the competition has showcased a variety of attacking talents. Rather than look to France, Pardew could be keeping a keen eye on the performances of certain strikers in Brazil.

Bearing this in mind, here are SIX World Cup alternatives to Pierre-Michel Lasogga for Newcastle to consider this summer.

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