Championship outfit Leeds United have been linked with Marvin Ducksch, the top scorer in the 2.Bundesliga last season for Holstein Kiel.

If Leeds United want to sign a new striker this summer, they will have to pay big. Very big.

The Derby Telegraph report that Matej Vydra will cost £7 million at the very least, Peterborough United have slapped a £6 million price-tag on Jack Marriott and Abel Hernandez, while a free agent, is earning wages that would make most Championship club’s eyes water.

So a potential deal for Marvin Ducksch should perhaps be revisited.

The Yorkshire Post reports that Leeds could look again at the former Borussia Dortmund striker, who they had been scouting back in the autumn when he was scoring goals for fun in Germany’s second tier with Holstein Kiel.

24-year-old Ducksch enjoyed the season of his life in 2017/18, scoring 18 goals in 32 starts to finish as the league’s Golden Boot winner. And with Holstein Kiel missing out on promotion to the Bundesliga thanks to a play-off defeat to VFL Wolfsburg, they could struggle to hang onto their German talisman this summer.

The Yorkshire Post reports that Ducksch would cost just £2.5 million, which makes him far cheaper than either Marriott or Vydra while his wages wouldn’t be in the same ballpark as the £40,000-a-week Hernandez takes home.

Yes, Ducksch would be a risk, another imported Victor Orta signing. But, for that fee and that goals tally, he might be a risk worth taking.

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