By Joe Ellis

1st Jan, 2023 | 12:57pm

Leeds United in advanced talks over first January signing, Maximilian Wober deal closes in

The first January addition to the Leeds United squad could be close with Maximilian Wober in advanced talks with the Whites, according to Sky Sports News.

The 24-year-old has previously worked with Jesse Marsch at RB Salzburg, where he still plays today, and could be set to reunite with the American should this deal be completed.

The Austrian is naturally a centre-half but can also play at left-back, similar to what Pascal Struijk has been doing for Leeds so far this season amid Junior Firpo’s injury struggles.

Victor Orta is getting closer to making Wober his first January addition in what could be a blockbuster deal of more than £11million.


The January transfer window might only be a day old but Leeds United cannot waste any time in getting reinforcements through the door at Elland Road.

They were the victim of their own dilly-dallying in the summer as Bamba Dieng failed to complete his move on deadline day and Wilfried Gnonto was brought in ahead of schedule in a last-minute deal.

That may have paid off with the Italian but the same mistakes won’t always end up in a positive outcome and Orta knows that he has to move quickly to get the squad up to scratch.

The centre of defence could easily become an issue soon with Liam Cooper’s contract ending this summer and Robin Koch and Diego Llorente 12 months later.

Should all of those leave, Leeds would be left extremely thin on the ground and the Whites have identified that problem already and moved to sort it out. Now they need to do the same in other areas too.

In other Leeds United news, Alan Shearer was waxing lyrical about one Leeds player after their 0-0 draw away at Newcastle United.