Norwich City transfer rumours: Toni Leistner heading to England?

Union Berlin defender Toni Leistner was previously touted with a move to Norwich City. Picture by Ma

Union Berlin defender Toni Leistner was previously touted with a move to Norwich City. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

FC Union Berlin defender Toni Leistner is attracting interest from the Championship.

Leistner was heavily touted with a move to Norwich City last summer, but Berlin were desperate to keep the powerhouse centre back.

Respected German football magazine, Kicker, report on Sunday Leistner's representative, Branko Panic, has revealed there is interest from the Bundesliga and England in a summer move.

'Those are the two leagues that Toni favors and where he belongs because of his achievements in the last three years as the best centre-back of the second league,' said Panic.

Kicker claim Championship clubs are interested in the 27-year-old, who rejected a new deal to stay with the Berliners in March and is out of contract in June.

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Berlin reportedly have an option linked to promotion but a 1-1 home draw on Saturday with Heidenheim left them ninth in Bundesliga 2.

City's sporting director Stuart Webber and head coach Daniel Farke brought in Christoph Zimmermann and Marcel Franke from Germany last summer, while Sean Raggett and Grant Hanley also arrived this season.

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Franke, however, fell out of favour after featuring in the early part of the campaign and is now at Dynamo Dresden on loan, while Raggett is yet to force his way into the Canaries' starting XI.

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