By George Overhill

31st Aug, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United tell Jesse Marsch they will investigate late Hwang Hee-chan move

Leeds United have told boss Jesse Marsch they will “look into” a late potential deal to sign Hwang Hee-chan from Wolves, according to Dean Jones.

The Whites manager has worked with the South Korean international at both Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig and has identified him as the man he wants as the final attacking piece of the transfer window.

The need to add another option was increased by Rodrigo’s dislocated shoulder in the draw with Everton on Tuesday night (30 August), with Patrick Bamford only just returning from his own latest injury.

Marsch said after the 1-1 draw, via the Independent: “I know Hee-chan very well. I like Hee-chan, he knows our football. He’s on our list, I can tell you that.”

And according to former Eurosport journalist Jones the club have undertaken to see if it can be done, telling GIVEMESPORT: “It’s not easy, but it’s clear Marsch wants him.

“The club have told Marsch that they would look into it and see if he is attainable now.”

Pressing

The Molineux man is hardly what United fans were hoping for all summer when they anticipated another forward being added to the squad, with just five strikes registered in the Premier League last season.

But with Charles De Ketelaere the only target the club have made a serious effort to land during the window and numerous other options apparently not advancing past initial offers before going elsewhere, the options are now very much reduced.

The club have signed players who have a history of working under Marsch, with Tyler Adams, Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson all arriving to help the American mould the team in his image.

So it isn’t hugely surprising that it looks to have come down to another one if they are going to make a move at this late stage.

Hwang had his best season in recent years under the Whites boss, scoring 11 and assisting 12 in the Austrian Bundesliga in the 2019/20 season.

Those sorts of numbers would be of far more interest to the Elland Road faithful than the five and one respectively that he put up in England last season, although Wolves don’t appear to view him as a striker as much as a wide forward.

With TEAMtalk reporting on Monday (29 August) that the club could be willing to offer them as high as £20million for him, and Sasa Kalajdzic expected as Bruno Lage’s new signing there might be a chance this still gets done now that the Rodrigo injury has given the hierarchy a scare.

In other Leeds United news, one journalist is confident the Whites target is available given recent developments if they want to pay for him.