Phil Hay shares update on Leeds United striker hunt including Jesse Marsch stance on Hwang Hee-Chan
Leeds United still want a striker before the transfer deadline on Thursday but aren’t willing to spend big on just anyone, according to Phil Hay.
The Whites have been chasing a forward all summer to try and help with the injury issues that first-choice striker Patrick Bamford has been dealing with, with Charles De Ketelaere seen as the top target before his move to AC Milan.
But while they were willing to spend over £30m on the Belgian, Leeds are unlikely to go that high for anyone else and despite reported £25m interest [Phil Hay, 26 August] in Wolves striker Hwang Hee-Chan the boss isn’t willing to work with him again at any price.
“Gradually, links to other forwards have drifted to nothing. Arnaud Kalimuendo went from Paris Saint-Germain to Rennes and sources in France say the 20-year-old was never truly sold on a move to England anyway,” he said, writing in his Athletic column on 29 August.
“Martin Terrier extended his contract at Rennes last week. Cody Gakpo was of interest but not only to Leeds and his valuation has climbed and climbed. Hwang Hee-chan, the Wolves forward, is someone Marsch has coached before and would work with again but not at any price.”
Leeds need a striker, but there is some young talent at the club right now that could really benefit from the added Premier League minutes in the absence of Bamford.
Players like Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt have impressed since Marsch’s arrival at the club and filled in well at the back end of last season when the club were battling against relegation.
Hwang had an absolute stinker at the weekend and has shown that he simply isn’t worth looking at for the Premier League, and many fans would much rather see the minutes to go the young players rather than splashing cash on someone who isn’t good enough.
If the right option becomes available then it would be a great thing to be able to do, but rather than panic signing like they did last summer with Daniel James on deadline day, they’re in a great place that they don’t need to.
One final addition would make the summer complete, but there’s no point if the player won’t help.
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