By Mark Smith

2nd Jan, 2023 | 9:10am

RB Salzburg defender Max Wober is set for a serious pay hike as he gets set to join Leeds United in the January transfer window, according to Salzburger Nachrichten.

The Austrian newspaper has reported in its print edition [02 December, pg. 18] that it is a matter of when, not if the transfer will be officially announced at Elland Road as things progress quickly.

It is shared that Leeds can pay the Austrian “many times” what he earns currently, meaning his wages could be more than doubled in West Yorkshire.

Wober has already been in personal talks with Jesse Marsch over the move, with Leeds and Victor Orta looking to move quickly as the window opens.

It is said that a deal worth £17.7million is close, with the Austrian side set to almost double what they paid for their captain when bringing him to the club.

That transfer fee does however includes bonuses, meaning that the Whites won’t cough up the cash in one lump sum from Andrea Radrizzani or the 49ers.

Parting gifts.

Radrizzani is making it no secret that he is on his way out of Elland Road and the 49ers Enterprises are steamrolling their way to full control of the club.

If this is the last window we see the Italian as the majority stakeholder, his parting gifts must be some new arrivals to really help Marsch kick on and up the Premier League.

Wober is hopefully someone who can come in and make that left-back spot his own, just as he has done for his country, Austria in recent outings.

The defender is similar to Pascal Struijk, in the fact that he is actually a central option who can play at full-back if needed, not exactly what the doctor ordered.

Leeds’ defence has been a real issue this season yet again though, and more options to shore up that area of the pitch will never be questioned, especially a good coup like this.

Wober is an international player and club captain with Champions League experience, for under £20million, chances like that don’t come around often.

The announcement is coming.

In other Leeds United news, the club is thrashing out terms for an early January signing after this player jetted into the UK for a move