By Craig Scott

26th Aug, 2022 | 5:10pm

Jesse Marsch ready to spend £25m for Leeds United to sign Hwang Hee-chan from Wolves - Phil Hay

Jesse Marsch would be prepared to pay a huge sum of money for Leeds United to sign Hwang Hee-chan from Wolves, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Hwang, 26, has been linked with a move to Elland Road in recent days with Sky Sports claiming via their Transfer Centre on Wednesday (24 August, 08:38pm) that the South Korean is valued up to £25million by Wolves.

It is understood that Hwang would also be interested in reuniting with Jesse Marsch, who managed the forward at both RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg.

The Athletic’s Hay believes that despite Wolves’ huge valuation of Hwang, Marsch would be willing to pay that much for the forward, who’s nicknamed ‘The Bull‘.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show (26 August), Hay said: “Hwang, as an example, Marsch knows him inside out. He has worked with him twice, he’s a player who I definitely think he would take given the right circumstances. But how much would you pay for Hwang?

“Even if his skill set is ideal, but there have been some big fees. If Wolves said you can have Hwang – but for £20m, or £25m, would you do it?

“I think Marsch would have him, I think he would.”


Leeds don’t need Hwang.

Leeds need an out-and-out centre-forward who can provide stiff competition up front and stand in for Patrick Bamford whenever he’s injured, suspended or suffering a loss of form.

While Rodrigo’s started the season brilliantly, we know that he’s struggled playing as a striker for a sustained length of time in the past and his ability to play in the No 10 role means he’s still not an out-and-out striker.

Hwang is an attacker who can play in most positions in the attack.

He can play as a striker – but he’s not a goalscorer.

Since joining Wolves last year on an initial loan from Leipzig before it was made permanent this summer, Hwang has scored five goals in 35 appearances.

At Leipzig, he scored three in 29.

At Hamburg, two in 21.

At Salzburg, 45 goals were scored in 126 total appearances. Obviously, that’s good but it’s the Austrian Bundesliga. Come on.

Hwang never scored a Bundesliga goal in Germany and his strikes in the Premier League are few and far between.

Signing him would leave Bamford resting easy over his spot in the side, if anything.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch has said this Leeds player is the “best” he’s ever seen.