Leeds United may be given a boost in their pursuit of South Korea forward Hwang Hee-chan this summer, with Bruno Lage’s side confirming the arrival of striker Saša Kalajdžic.
That is according to transfer expert Dean Jones, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the Whites’ potential transfer business during the final days of the transfer window.
TEAMtalk has reported that Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch still retains an interest in Hwang, though Wolves are reportedly angling for a £25m fee from the Whites this summer.
However, with Wolves recently welcoming Kalajdžic for £15.4m, there could potentially be room for the Old Gold to allow 26-year-old Hwang to leave for Elland Road.
And Jones, who was speaking prior to Kalajdžic’s move, believes that Wolves’ latest signing could have a positive knock-on effect for Leeds’ chances of signing Hwang.
He said: “On Hwang, the one thing that gives Leeds hope is that Kalajdžic might be coming in.
“I think that if that happened, we might see a knock-on effect and Hwang might be the one that’s allowed to leave.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
We agree with Jones and believe that Hwang has now become dispensable to Wolves following the signing of Kalajdžic, with Lage now having an array of attacking options at his disposal, even without the South Korean.
However, we believe that Leeds may potentially want to look elsewhere for a forward this season, with Hwang having not proved himself in the Premier League in his one full season at Molineux, as he only scored five goals last term alongside some largely inconsistent performances.
However, Marsch has previously experienced success in his time managing the 47-cap forward, with Hwang having scored 16 goals and providing 26 assists in 43 appearances across spells at RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig under Marsch, according to Transfermarkt.
Therefore, we believe that the signing of Hwang would be a gamble for the Elland Road club this season, but could end up being a masterstroke if Marsch can get him to recreate his form from spells in Austria and Germany.