By Jonty Banks

7th Jan, 2023 | 4:10pm

Max Wober made clear he wanted RB Salzburg exit to Leeds United

Max Wober expressed a firm interest in moving to Leeds United ahead of his transfer, Red Bull Salzburg’s director of football Christoph Freund has revealed.

Wober became the Whites’ first signing of the January transfer window on Tuesday (3 January) and will look to add options in the heart of the defence, as well as at left-back.

The 24-year-old won three domestic league titles during his stint at the Austrian club and will now be reunited with former Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch in West Yorkshire.

As reported by Salzburger Nachrichten, Freund said RB Salzburg had little option but to sell their prized asset when he openly expressed his desire to move to the Premier League club.

He said: “He was an extremely important player, but it was his express wish.

“However, I am convinced that we can replace him. It’s a great opportunity for the young players again.”

Reunion

It will be a nice ego boost for Leeds United to hear Wober openly expressed his desire to leave regular league champions Salzburg for a transfer to Elland Road, and hopefully, he can hit the ground running under his former manager Marsch.

After previously playing under the American boss in Austria in 2019, the pair should have a strong understanding of each other’s wishes, which can only bode well for the future.

It will be interesting to see if Marsch deploys Wober as an out-and-out left-back or as at the heart of his defence, given the international’s handy flexibility.

Although not a left-back by trade, the 24-year-old has played there all season and could allow Pascal Struijk to return to his favoured centre-back berth.

Leeds will need to get a quick grasp on Wober’s limitations and whether further reinforcements will be needed at full-back this January, but Victor Orta and Marsch will keep their fingers crossed Wober can fill the troublesome spot on a permanent basis.

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