By George Overhill

30th Dec, 2022 | 5:10pm

Maximilian Wober is closing in on a move to Leeds United with Red Bull Salzburg willing to accept staggered payments, The Telegraph reports.

A title winner under Jesse Marsch in Austria Wober is in line to be signed a second time by the American in the January transfer window.

The international defender can play at centre-back or left-back and is tipped to compete with Junior Firpo at the full-back spot.

Phil Hay reported on his podcast Thursday (29 December) that there was a “very strong chance” that the deal goes through, and agreeable terms now appear to be available.

The Telegraph report states: “Leeds’ priority in the January market is in attacking positions but Wober is a player known well to Marsch and good value at £14 million, with a source at Salzburg insisting they could accept staggered payments over a period of instalments.”  

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In contrast to plenty of Leeds United transfer pursuits in recent months there doesn’t appear to be any last minute stumbling blocks lurking on this one.

Fans will be excused for waiting until the 24-year-old is officially announced for getting too excited, but with both clubs on board, and Wober having had contact with Marsch about a reunion it looks ready to be done.

The finances at Elland Road are a question, and despite the relatively low fee the fact that staggered payments are even required suggest there isn’t much available to spend.

In those circumstances it is definitely a positive that the Austrian Bundesliga club are prepared to accept the payment in that manner.

This would be the third signing from Salzburg this year, following Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen’s summer arrivals, and the relationship between the two clubs appears strong.

Whether the Whites are storing up problems for the future by targeting former Marsch players so heavily, with the American’s job called into question at times already this season, is a valid concern, but a defence crying out for help appears to be on the brink of getting some.

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