Striker chase could be back on for Norwich City after Bundesliga move stalls
PUBLISHED: 17:14 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 14 June 2018
Norwich City’s pursuit of German striker Marvin Ducksch could be back on.
Ducksch proposed move from St Pauli to Fortuna Dusseldorf has broken down with the two clubs poles apart in their valuation of the 24-year-old.
It has left the door ajar for the Canaries to re-enter the race for his signature following the sale of Josh Murphy to Cardiff City for a fee in the region of £11m.
Head coach Daniel Farke had pinpointed Ducksch as the man to solve the club’s goalscoring problems and City are more than satisfied with the fee they received from the Bluebirds.
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Some of that cash could now be used to go back in for Ducksch, who has been on City’s radar since Farke’s arrival.
However, Ducksch’s form on loan at Holstein Kiel this season, where he scored 18 goals in 33 appearances, saw other clubs show an interest in the striker, who came through the academy at Borussia Dortmund.
Fortuna looked to be in pole position and Ducksch was quoted in the German media saying he hoped the two clubs could come to an agreement.
However, St Pauli, who would like to keep the player, have reportedly priced Fortuna out of running with their 3m Euros asking price.
It appears they are now looking at alternatives with Brondby striker Teemo Pukki and Maribor forward Luka Zahovic mentioned as alternatives.
St Pauli return to pre-season training on Monday and Ducksch is expected to report for duty ready for a pre-season tournament later this month.
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Pauli sports director Uwe Stöver said: “I expect the player as well as all others on June 24 to the tournament of our sponsor Congstar in Hamburg.”
City have been watching developments from afar and could be ready to make their move for the forward.
The Canaries will be hoping Farke’s relationship with the player from their time together at the Westfalenstadion could convince the forward to swap the Bundesliga for a career in England.
Ducksch, who is contracted to St Pauli until next summer, could vie with Dennis Srbeny for the striker’s role at City with doubts over Nelson Oliveira’s long-term future at Carrow Road.