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Leeds United weighing up free-scoring Austrian Bundesliga striker

Today the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones said in an article of his that Leeds United were actively tracking German striker Marvin Ducksch. But it was a throwaway line later in the piece that is likely more interesting.

Jones said that Leeds United were looking at St Pauli striker Ducksch, who is on loan at Holstein Kiel with a view to the January transfer window. The article itself went as far as saying that “club representatives watched the 23-year-old in action” in the 2-2 drawn game with Nuremberg.

However, it as a line later on in the article, a line of throwaway nature, that is perhaps more intriguing for Leeds United fans. This line simply said that Leeds “have been weighing up different targets for January including Red Bull Salzburg’s Israeli international Moanes Dabour who has scored 13 goals in 18 games this season.

Dabbur is a seven-cap, one-goal Israeli international who came to European football via Maccabi Tel Aviv and first club Maccabi Ahi Nazareth. His move to Europe came in 2014 when Swiss side Grasshoppers paid £360,000 to bring the skillful Israeli over from Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Two seasons later and Dabbur was bought by current club Red Bull Salzburg for a big-money fee of £5.4 million. He was then loaned back to Grasshoppers, before returning to Austria for this season.

It has been something of a season to remember so far for the Israeli forward, the Nazareth-born striker scoring 11 goals in 14 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for RB Salzburg. Additionally to this impressive tally, Dabbur has also scored a further two goals in UEFA Champions League Qualification (both against Hibernian in the home and away second round legs) and a further three in this season’s Europa League including notching the opener in Salzburg’s 3-0 win over Vitoria de Guimaraes.

He certainly knows where the goal is, as evidenced by his impressive scoring record. The 25-year-old has 100 goals in 233 appearances across his career: 56 in 105 games for Grasshopper, 23 in 78 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv and 21 in 50 for RB Salzburg.

That strike-rate, whilst undoubtedly impressive, could very well be the stumbling block if Leeds United were looking for an outright buy option. Due to this he has a reported market value of £4.5 million according to website Transfermarkt.

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