Leeds United open talks ahead of £14m move for Red Bull Salzburg captain Maximilian Wober
Leeds United have opened talks with Red Bull Salzburg over a £14m deal to sign defender Maximilian Wober, according to the Daily Mail.
The Whites are in the market for a new left-back after Junior Firpo’s injury and form woes since joining the club, and Wober has previously worked under manager Jesse Marsch at the Austrian club.
After Fabrizio Romano reported that the club were preparing an offer of £14m for the player (27 December), it’s now being reported that the clubs are in discussions for a deal.
“Leeds United have opened talks with Red Bull Salzburg over a £9.75m move for centre-back Max Wober,” they wrote (28 December).
“Leeds showed interest in Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner last summer but have switched to Wober and the fee could rise to around £14m with add-ons.”
Reports this month had suggested that Leeds would be going back in for Wagner in January, having scoped him and come to the conclusion he was good enough despite his lack of experience at the top level.
But Wober would seem like a much more sensible fit for Leeds, having played under the manager before and having experience in Europe as well as the versatility of having played at left-back and centre-back regularly.
Wober is only 24 so is also younger than Wagner, and having played under Marsch before will already know the system and expectations that would be placed on him by the manager.
Leeds have got a great relationship with Salzburg having already signed Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson from them in the summer and they’re now revisiting.
This is a great signing from the board if they can pull it off and shows that Victor Orta and co are going about their business quickly and efficiently, which is the perfect answer to criticisms and issues over recent months.
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