By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Sport Bild Report: Leading second division scorer Dursun set to sign for Union Berlin

Germany's Sport Bild reports that 1. FC Union Berlin are on the verge of signing the 2. Bundesliga's 2020/21 leading scorer.

SV Darmstadt 98's Serdar Dursun had been courted by second division clubs Hamburger SV, FC St. Pauli, and even newly relegated Schalke.

The 29-year-old nevertheless appears poised to finally make the jump to the Bundesliga.
Hamburg native Serdar Dursun led Germany's second division in scoring this year, tallying 27 times for the SV Darmstadt 98 in southern Hessen. The 29-year-old's production numbers in three seasons for the Lillies have indeed been impressive. Since moving from SpVgg Greuter Fürth in 2018, Dursun has found the back of the net 59 times in 107 appearances.

Second-tier strikers, as the case of Simon Terodde (and many others) demonstrates, do not necessarily always mean that top tier goals can be assumed. FC Union Berlin appear prepared to take the chance. Germany's main sporting tabloid reports that Dursun will receive a high six-figure salary and a contract until 2023. The Köpenick club does not need to pay a transfer fee as the player is available on an expiring contract.

Union will need to replenish its attacking corps ahead of the new season. It has already been confirmed that Taiwo Awoniyi, Petar Musa, and Joel Pohjanpalo (a combined total of 12 league goals this year) are headed back to their parent clubs on expired loan deals.

German footballing magazine Kicker also reports that Union continue their efforts to sign former Hertha winger Genki Haraguchi on another free transfer from Hannover 96.

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