Leeds United are set to bid for Red Bull Salzburg captain Maximilian Wober ahead of the January transfer window opening, Fabrizio Romano reports.
The left-back, who can also play in the centre, is an Austrian international with experience at Ajax and Sevilla and could cost as much as £14million with add-ons included.
He has made 125 appearances at Salzburg and would be linking up with former manager Jesse Marsch if he arrives at Elland Road.
Posting on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon (27 December) Romano wrote: “Excl: Leeds United are now preparing an offer for Red Bull Salzburg defender Maximilian Wöber.
“Discussions expected to take place for fee around €11m plus €5m add-ons. Wöber, important player for Salzburg as he’s the captain.”
The Whites badly need help in defence with left-back a real problem position and the centre-back pairings not inspiring a great deal of confidence.
Wober, 24, fits the profile of what United have done in the transfer market in recent months, having recruited heavily from the Red Bull clubs for players who have experience of working with Marsch.
If this deal can be done then it could provide vital stability in a back line that has conceded seven Premier League goals in the last two outings prior to the World Cup.
With Junior Firpo struggling badly since his arrival and Pascal Struijk playing out of position on the left, the arrival of a player with Champions League experience this season sounds like the answer.
The position went bafflingly unanswered in the summer window, even as Rasmus Kristensen arrived on the other side from Salzburg, and fellow teammate Brenden Aaronson did in attack.
But it looks like movement is finally happening to plug the gap, and potentially free up Struijk to help in the middle where the likes of Robin Koch and Diego Llorente have been having their own struggles this year.
In other Leeds United news, two English clubs have enquired about a move for a player Marsch has admitted is “fantastic”.