Leeds United, West Brom and Newcastle have joined the race to sign Bundesliga striker Sebastian Andersson, according to Kicker, with a £3.5 million release clause in his contract.
If it wasn’t for this iron-headed Swede, Union Berlin might not be celebrating survival in their first ever top-flight campaign.
The poor relations of the German capital finished well clear of the relegation zone in the end, with the influential Andersson firing them to safety with 12 goals in 33 games.
An old-school number nine with the leap of a salmon, the late-blooming 28-year-old scored a remarkable seven headed goals in 2019/20 alone – the most managed by any player in the Bundesliga.
And with a release clause of just £3.5 million, according to the Berliner Zeitung, it is no surprise that Andersson has emerged as a man in serious demand.
Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have been linked since late-2019 and Kicker throws their hat into the ring once again.
Leeds, West Brom, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Brentford are allegedly interested too.
On paper, Andersson looks a perfect fit for Steve Bruce’s counter-attacking Newcastle side, with his 6ft 3ins frame and fearsome presence from set-piece situations perhaps making him something of a more reliable Andy Carroll.
Leeds, meanwhile, could do with a Plan B if Tuesday’s galling 1-1 draw with Luton is anything to go by.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side had 15 corners on the night but failed to do anything with them. Andersson, however, could give Kalvin Phillips and co someone to aim at from dead-ball scenarios.
“Sebastian is a monster, his game is incredible,” Union team-mate Grischa Promel told Fotboll Skanalen.