Hwang Hee-chan wants to play for Jesse Marsch again amid £25m Leeds United and Wolves development
By Sean Fisher
Leeds United’s eighth summer signing could arrive in the shape of Hwang Hee-chan but the Wolves striker is reportedly valued at £25million according to Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old South Korea international has dropped down Bruno Lage’s pecking order at Wolves but his signature isn’t going to be cheap with the Midlands club wanting up to £25million.
However, while negotiations continue over a potential fee, it seems Hwang himself is keen on the move, with Sky Sports reporting via their live transfer blog on Wednesday (24 August, 08:38pm) that the striker eager to reunite with Leeds boss Jesse Marsch.
Marsch first managed Hwang in the 2019/20 season after he was appointed at Red Bull Salzburg, and the two also worked together in 2021 after they both made the step up to Red Bull Leipzig.
Disaster waiting to happen
If Leeds hadn’t already been put off Hwang by Wolves’ asking price, then they should turn and run after a glance at his goalscoring record.
Hwang moved to Wolves on an initial loan deal last season, and it was recently made permanent for £14million.
However, after only producing five goals and two assists in his 33 appearances for the Midlands side, Leeds have every right to scoff at his value doubling in the last 12 months.
Of course, Leeds may be convinced that Marsch can get the best out of Hwang in what is an undoubtedly thin attacking department, but his record at both Salzburg and Leipzig leave much to be desired.
Hwang’s 86 appearances for Salzburg resulted in just 28 goals, while he failed to even find the back of the net during his stint at Leipzig.
Regardless of his relationship with Marsch, Leeds need to look elsewhere for attacking depth, even with just one week left in the transfer window.
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