There are no prizes for guessing where Norwich City got their inspiration from. Huddersfield Town laid claim to their own mini miracle by winning promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs and it appears the Canaries have copied their blueprint to a tee.
Not only did they nab Huddersfield’s highly-regarded transfer guru Stuart Webber and make him their new director of football, they also hired a charismatic former Borussia Dortmund academy coach and are spending their summer scouring the German market for potential bargains.
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And after landing Greuther Furth defender Marcel Franke, Berlin Sports reports that Toni Leistner is next on new coach Daniel Farke’s shopping list.
The report claims that Norwich had a £3 million bid rejected by Union Berlin for Leistner earlier this summer but will return with an increased offer sooner rather than later.
A 26-year-old centre-back renowned for his strength in the air, the Dresden-born defender has been a key player for Union Berlin since joining the club in 2014. And his performances appear to have caught the attention of a side who conceded more goals (69) than any other side in the top half of the Championship last season.
If Norwich can get a deal over the line, Leistner would be the third defender to arrive in Anglia from Germany since Farke’s arrival, with Dortmund reserve Christopher Zimmerman arriving on a free in June.