By Jonty Banks

28th Dec, 2022 | 6:29pm

Maximilian Wöber wants to join Leeds United after direct talks with Jesse Marsch, January deal on the cards

Maximilian Wöber harbours intentions to join Leeds United in January after Jesse Marsch contacted the centre-back “just before Christmas,” according to Austrian journalist Peter Linden.

The Red Bull Salzburg defender has recently lost his starting spot under manager Matthias Jaissle, with the head-coach siding with Serbian central defender Strahinja Pavlovic in his stead.

Wöber has arisen as a target for Marsch in January, after his Leeds side conceded a worrying 26 goals from their opening 14 games in the Premier League this season.

The American manager has already dipped into the Austrian team’s reserves since his move to Elland Road, snapping up both Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson in the summer transfer window.

According to former Krone reporter Linden, Wöber has “signalled his willingness to transfer” away from the Austrian champions in January after a “short period of reflection.”

Left-back needed first

Whether Wöber is a priority for Marsch is up for debate, but the American is obviously keen on securing his services after speaking directly with the player during the World Cup break.

The 24-year-old was signed by Marsch at Salzburg in 2019 and has since been capped 13 times by Austria. Despite penning a contract with the Austrian giants till 2025, the defender’s recent fallout with manager Jaissle has opened the doorway for a move to the Premier League.

Leeds supporters know that groundhog day has arrived again, and they will pray that Victor Orta can finally mastermind the signing of a centre-forward but, more importantly, a left-back in the New Year.

Currently, Pascal Struijk is playing on the left flank, but this is clearly not where he is best served, and the quicker they can return him to centre-back, the quicker their defence will improve.

Wöber may not be a priority, but if Leeds can get him on a cheap deal, they should strike while the iron is hot.

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