FC St. Pauli captain Soren Gonther has revealed his desire to move to England amid rumours linking him with a transfer to Leeds United.

The 30-year-old, whose side currently ply their trade in Germany’s second tier, described England as the “motherland” of football when asked about the link with the Whites.

“England is an adventure. Playing in the motherland of football would be a great experience,” Gonther commented in an interview with German outlet Bild.

“I have family – so the whole package has to be right. Even if no one says – the financial is also important.”

Gonther has been with St. Pauli since July 2012 after signing on a free transfer from SC Paderborn, with whom he had spent the previous five years of his career.

A knee injury disrupted his opening season for the Hamburg club and meant that he only made his senior debut in May 2013, 10 months after he originally signed.

However, the following season Gonther established himself as a key man in the St. Pauli defence and was named club captain in the summer of 2014.

Leeds have only Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper currently on the books as recognised centre-backs and are looking to add to their squad in January.

The Elland Road outfit are currently on a five-match unbeaten run in the league following their 3-0 win over Rotherham United on Monday.


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