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Leeds and Norwich given green light to sign 18-goal forward after transfer collapses



Leeds United and Norwich City have been handed some encouragement in pursuit of striker Marvin Ducksch after his proposed move from St Pauli to Fortuna Dusseldorf fell through, according to The Pink Un.

St Pauli have priced Fortuna Dusseldorf out of a move for the striker by slapping a €3m price tag on his head.

Ducksch spent last season away from second tier side St Pauli with Holstein Kiel and he was a revelation, scoring 18 goals in 33 appearances to claim the golden boot in the 2 Bundesliga.

After nearly guiding his loan side to promotion, he was wanted by the 2 Bundesliga champions Fortuna Dusseldorf but they are not willing to meet St Pauli’s valuation.

Ducksch is a target for both Leeds and Norwich this summer as both sides aim to bolster their attacking options.

The 24-year-old is a long-term target for Daniel Farke with both the player and the Norwich manager working at Borussia Dortmund previously.

The Canaries are armed with some funds after selling Josh Murphy to Cardiff City and they expect James Maddison to depart too.

Leeds, meanwhile, might turn to the former Germany youth international if moves for Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra stall.

The Verdict

Ducksch is still relatively young and he knows where the net is.

If he can replicate that form in the Championship is another question and Leeds will probably prefer to go for proven strikers at this level after Pawel Cibicki, Jay-Roy Grot, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Caleb Ekuban all struggled in front of goal.

But Norwich have a strong German contingent and this would be a good move for them, especially if Nelson Oliveira departs.

Leeds and Norwich fans – Would you like to sign Ducksch? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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