Express Sport journalist Ryan Taylor has been speaking on his YouTube channel about the likelihood of Wolves signing Hwang Hee-chan permanently this month.
Hwang was a signing that arrived late in the summer transfer window and got off to a scintillating start at Molineux with four goals in his first six appearances, which has helped Wolves cap a stunning first half of the campaign that leaves them with a genuine chance of getting European football next season.
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The South Korean international may have been set to sign a permanent contract as Wolves have the opportunity to activate an option in his current deal, but the attacker currently has a hamstring injury which he sustained in mid-December, so that deal may well be postponed.
As a result, Taylor believes Wolves won’t be signing Hwang permanently in this transfer window, but did not rule it out completely.
“Wolves have an option to sign him permanently from Leipzig for around £12 million, I believe. Wolves plan to take that up, and they were doing so before Christmas – they were planning to trigger that in January.
“Now, that could still happen, but the hamstring injury he picked up against Brighton on December 15th has ruled him out until sort of at least February; it’s quite a nasty hamstring injury.
“So at the moment, it makes no sense to sort of trigger that. Wolves have time on their side – obviously, they’ve got till the end of the season.”
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When the South Korean arrived over the summer, not much may have been expected from someone who was coming off the back of a season in the Bundesliga in which he failed to score in 18 appearances, but he appears to have taken to life in the Premier League brilliantly.
Hwang has been able to take a lot of the pressure off Raul Jimenez’s shoulders, with this being the first season the Portuguese striker has had since his horrific head injury, and given it will cost just £12 million to sign Hwang permanently, it would be almost a no-brainer because he knows the club, manager and system well already.