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Report: Alexander Sorloth Set to Sign with Leipzig

Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth is set to move from Crystal Palace to RB Leipzig according to reports. This move comes after interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur has seemingly been rejected.

The near 24 million Euro deal is meant to fill the large hole left by the departure of both Timo Werner and Patrik Schick. Manager Julian Nagelsmann did sign Hwang Hee-chan in the off-season but the Korean forward is more of a playmaker than a finisher and the squad will need more depth if they hope to make a deep run in all competitions. Sorloth, 24-years-old, is at the higher end of the age scale than fans are normally accustomed to with Leipzig transfers. However it is a move that appears to be beneficial for both parties.

Sorloth will leave Crystal Palace, where he never quite fit in. Despite making the move from Midtjylland 2018, the striker made only 16 appearances over two seasons and was loaned out quickly. His first move was to Gent in Belgium and then a two-year loan to Trabzonspor in Turkey. It was there that he made a name for himself, scoring 33 goals last season in all competitions.

The move seems perfect for Sorloth and for Leipzig. The player is seeking playing time in a top league and Leipzig are in desperate need for additional strikers. Should the deal be finalized, it could swing the balance in the Bundesliga and give Leipzig a better chance at finishing above the likes of Borussia Dortmund.

From a business standpoint, it shows that Leipzig is a destination for players who are looking for significant minutes and potentially create a renewed interest. Timo Werner's transfer as well as high-profile moves by Naby Keita have put the East German club in a desirable position in the future.

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