Nagoya Grampus want Kasper Junker to bolster attack ahead of ACL return

Bodo/Glimt's Kasper Junker enjoyed a prolific 2020 as he bagged 28 goals in 26 matches to win Golden Boot in Norway's Eliteserien, as his club went on to claim a first league title. EPA/Fredrik Varfjell

As they reclaim their place among Asia's elite for the first time in almost a decade, Japan's Nagoya Grampus are looking to add more firepower in their ranks in the form of Kasper Junker -- last season's top scorer in Norway's Eliteserien.

Sources close to ESPN reveal that Nagoya have tabled an offer for the 27-year-old, who enjoyed a prolific 2020 in his first campaign with Bodo/Glimt.

Junker scored a staggering 28 goals in 26 league appearances to win the Eliteserien's Golden Boot, in addition to 11 assists, as Bodo/Glimt claimed a maiden top-flight league crown -- finishing a massive 19 points ahead of closest challengers Molde.

The Danish marksman was part of an unstoppable front trio, along with Jens Petter Hauge and Philip Zinckernagel, that combined for 67 of the 103 goals Bodo/Glimt bagged throughout the course of the league campaign.

Both Hauge and Zinckernagel have since left for AC Milan and Watford respectively, and while Junker has had no shortage of European suitors -- including Serie A duo Genoa and Crotone -- Asia may be his next destination.

According to sources talks between the two clubs are ongoing. But with the new J1 League season having started last month, Nagoya will look to close the deal as soon as possible.

Famously boasting Arsene Wenger among their former managers, Nagoya were once frequent features in the AFC Champions League and reached the semifinals of Asia's premier club competition in 2009.

A fall from grace saw them relegated from the top tier of Japanese football in 2016 but they promptly bounced back the following season, and marked their return to big time by finishing third in the J1 League last term to book their first ACL appearance in nine years.

Nagoya, who have started the new league campaign with three straight wins, will have to wait a little longer to again taste continental action after the Asian Football Confederation confirmed on Thursday that the ACL East Zone group stage matches -- originally scheduled for April 21 to May 7 -- has been postponed to the middle of the year.