By George Overhill

31st Aug, 2022 | 1:03pm

Leeds United have launched a late formal bid to sign Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan before the transfer window shuts, Alan Nixon reports.

Jesse Marsch confirmed following the draw with Everton at Elland Road on Tuesday night (30 August) that the South Korean international was a player he would like to work with again, having done so previously in Austria and Germany.

With an injury to Rodrigo in the 1-1 against the Toffees, the need for reinforcements at centre-forward was thrown back into the spotlight, despite Angus Kinnear’s programme notes suggesting the appetite to land one before the deadline was not great [The Athletic].

But Sun journalist Nixon reports on Patreon that that clubs are now in talks over a last-minute deal to sign the forward.

The Whites are willing to spend as much as £18million to bring in a player who may be surplus to requirements at Molineux after they signed Sasa Kalajdzic to be their new striker earlier on Wednesday.

There is late interest from Everton in Hwang but United are hoping to head that off by getting a deal done now that negotiations are in progress.

Better late than never

It might not be the star man that fans had hoped for, and it might be a rushed affair in the dying hours of the transfer window, but it looks like the manager might be able to get what he wants at long last.

The club have dithered ever since they failed to land Charles De Ketelaere and that has allowed a number of other targets to land elsewhere.

Thankfully for Marsch the interest in Hwang hasn’t materialised in the same way until this late stage, so a player who he has history with and likes for his squad is still available.

The 26-year-old has had success under the American coach before, particularly at Red Bull Salzburg, and after a season with Wolves where he only found the net five times he will likely be interested in joining forces again.

He is versatile enough to feature wide but his main purpose at Elland Road is surely going to be centrally, where the club continues to encounter injury issues at an alarming rate.

The budget of £18million is nowhere near what was on offer to buy De Ketelaere, and while Hwang is probably not up to that standard, it is is somewhat frustrating that it has come to this, but for the fans and the manager it is likely now a matter of better him than nobody.

In other Leeds United news, a headline target is available to move before the window closes if a club meets his valuation and the Whites have joined Premier League rivals in a late race for him.