Leeds United target Hwang Hee-chan available to move as Wolves agree Sasa Kalajdzic deal
Hwang Hee-chan can leave for Leeds United at the right price after Wolves agreed a deal to sign Sasa Kalajdzic, according to Alan Nixon.
David Ornstein reported in The Athletic on Monday afternoon (29 August) that a €18million agreement for the Stuttgart striker to move to Molineux is now set.
Jesse Marsch is interested in working with South Korean forward Hwang again after the pair previously spent time at Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig together.
Sun reporter Nixon has confirmed that the 26-year-old is now available as he responded on his personal Twitter account to a question about the potential Leeds move in light of the Kalajdzic deal, writing: “Lad can go at right price”.
The Whites are after another striker before the window shuts but are not willing to pay over the odds.
The Sun reported on Saturday night that Hwang is available for around £15million but Leeds will need to overcome Everton to get him if the Toffees’ move for Ben Brereton Diaz falls through.
The fact that Wolves were so desperate to secure help at striker when Raul Jimenez was injured probably shows why the Whites shouldn’t overpay for this move.
They didn’t see the South Korea international as a centre-forward and he spent most of his 30 Premier League appearances there last year playing wide.
Marsch may feel that he can get the best out of him as his best goalscoring season in recent years was the 2019/20 campaign they shared in Austria, where he netted 16 times, including 11 in the league.
His goal return has been far lower since, with five in the top flight last year, so if United were looking at him as an out-and-out striker option he might not be the right fit.
But if Marsch is looking at him as a versatile option to cover a number of attacking roles and thinks he knows how to use him properly then it could make sense.
It will likely depend on what “the right price” is, as Sky Sports suggested on 24 August that he could cost up to £25million.
That seems too much even if the manager does like him, but if the valuation is somewhere around the £15million mentioned in the Sun report then something could happen in the final few days.