By George Overhill

3rd Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Leeds United eye imminent second January transfer after £9.75million Max Wober deal

Leeds United are planning to add a striker “in the coming days” after completing a move for Max Wober, according to Mail+.

The Whites have kicked off their January transfer window early with the capture of the Red Bull Salzburg captain for an initial £9.75million, who will compete and central and left-sided defence.

The Austrian reportedly turned down Jose Mourinho for a move to Roma in the summer but is eager to reunite with Jesse Marsch at Elland Road.

A forward is now the top priority and the club appear not to be hanging around this time as Mail+ report their intention for it to be matter of days before an addition is brought in.

At the same time Polish international midfielder Mateusz Klich continues to move towards the exit, with the report adding that he is “in talks” with DC United of MLS.

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Thankfully Victor Orta looks to have learnt from last year’s barren winter window which helped contribute to the relegation battle going right down to the wire.

While the defensive and attacking holes really should have been addressed last summer, it will have to be better late than never if both arrive this month.

A specialist left-back appeared to be required primarily in defence, but the battling draw at Newcastle on New Year’s Eve notwithstanding, the centre of the defence has left plenty to be desired as well, so Wober’s arrival is undoubtedly a boost.

The fact Marsch has shared that Patrick Bamford will once again be unavailable (BBC Sport) for the crunch meeting with West Ham on Wednesday (4 January) shows the importance of goalscoring help, as Rodrigo’s admittedly strong record this season seems to come in bunches.

A forward through the doors before the majority of the January fixtures have passed would go down as a pretty successful window and should make a difference in the potential fight against the drop.

Klich’s exit looks like finally happening after he was linked with a move in the summer, and while his status as a vital part of the return to the Premier League is secure, his role off the bench now means he won’t be the loss he once was.

In other Leeds United news, a shock return to a previous transfer chase has been mooted live on Sky Sports.