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Report: Leeds want Marvin Bakalorz for £780,000, can beat Bundesliga teams financially

Leeds are reportedly keen to land Paderborn star Marvin Bakalorz.

According to a report from Bild, Leeds United are interested in snapping up Paderborn midfielder Marvin Bakalorz this summer.

The Whites are ending the season strongly having won three and drawn one of their last four games, though some confusion surrounds the future of manager Steve Evans.

Whether he's in charge next season or not, Leeds will be looking for new signings - and Paderborn star Bakalorz appears to be one key target.

Major German newspaper Bild report that Bakalorz was close to signing for Hannover, but that deal could be in tatters because Leeds have entered the race for his signature.

The 26-year-old, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, is currently in the second tier of German football with Paderborn, but is wanted man having impressed as a tough-tackling, physical defensive midfielder.

It's claimed that Bakalorz has a release clause in his contract worth just €1m (£780,000), prompting interest in his signature - and right now, Leeds may be favourites to land him.

Bild claim that Bakalorz can earn far more money at Leeds than Hannover, suggesting that teams like the Bundesliga's bottom club have no chance of competing with Leeds financially, such are the funds in the Championship.

With Liam Bridcutt's loan deal from Sunderland expiring this summer and interest mounting in Lewis Cook's signature, Leeds may still be in the market for a new midfielder, even after signing Toumani Diagouraga in January - and if German reports are to be believed, Bakalorz is a top target.

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