Werder Bremen striker Marvin Ducksch on Newcastle United radar

Newcastle United are interested in signing Werder Bremen striker Marvin Ducksch, with Eddie Howe keen to bolster his attacking ranks in January.

Marvin Ducksch

Marvin Ducksch, 29, came through the youth ranks at Borussia Dortmund but failed to make it big with the senior team. After leaving Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016, the striker had several short stints at different German clubs before joining Werder Bremen in the summer of 2021. The German has gone from strength to strength over the years at Werder Bremen, contributing towards an eye-catching 60 goals in 76 matches.

Ducksch is enjoying a splendid 2023, having netted 14 goals in 30 games throughout the year. In the ongoing Bundesliga campaign, he has netted six goals and provided four assists in 12 outings. The 29-year-old forward’s fine form has seen him being picked by the Germany national team, where he earned his first two international caps against Turkey and Austria during the recent international break, thus, reportedly catching the eye of Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle want more depth in attack

Newcastle United’s priority is to sign a new midfielder to replace the suspended Sandro Tonali, but they are also planning to bring in a new striker. Eddie may already have Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson as strikers in his squad, but with both out injured and the club participating in Europe this term, a move for another striker would make a lot of sense.

Recent injuries to Wilson and Isak have shown the Magpies that they lack depth in attack, which has forced Eddie Howe to use Anthony Gordon up top at times. Thus, adding a striker in the mould of Marvin Ducksch would give Howe an extra body at centre-forward, in turn allowing Gordon to play in his favoured position, which is on the flanks.

The Toon Army may have problems with Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, which could limit their spending in January. As such, it would not be a surprise if a player of Ducksch’s profile joined Howe’s Newcastle, as the club will not have to break the bank to sign the Werder Bremen star. 

If Ducksch continues to fire for Bremen after the international break, Newcastle’s interest in him will certainly hot up.

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