This may not come as a complete surprise but Norwich City have reportedly made a German striker their number one target this summer according to an exclusive from the EDP.
Marvin Ducksch was the leading scorer In Bundesliga II last season with 18 goals in 33 appearances for Holstein Kiel, helping them to a third-place finish in the second tier of German football.
That resulted in a “Relegation/Promotion Play-Off” with Wolfsburg, the second leg of which was played last night. Wolfsburg won 4-1 on aggregate to stave off relegation and denying Holstein Kiel a first promotion to the Bundesliga.
Above: Marvin Ducksch playing for Germany v England U17.
There is a connection to Daniel Farke and Borussia Dortmund that may help grease the wheels for the St. Pauli striker. I say St. Pauli because they are his parent club and he’s been out on loan.
Ducksch joined the Borussia Dortmund academy in 2002 and made six appearances for the first team under Jurgen Klopp. Dortmund is where he also played under Daniel Farke.
He spent time on loan at SC Paderborn (Daniel Farke’s hometown club) before moving to St. Pauli in 2016 where he signed a three-year deal but only managed one goal in ten appearances before being loaned to Holstein Kiel in January 2017.
That became a season-long loan last summer and that’s where his form has kicked into gear.
He’s is 24 and 6’2” tall and has been spoken about plenty in Germany. He’s likely to be a target for a number of clubs but the EDP is hoping his relationship with Farke might help Norwich steal a march on their competitors.
He also has only one year left on his current deal, meaning there could also be value in his signature for any buying club.
I’ve seen an article tonight on TeamTalk.com that quotes German sports paper, Kicker, as saying that Norwich have missed out on Marvin Ducksch.
No more than that. I can’t find a link to it on Kicker, so not sure if it’s accurate or not.