Leeds United are believed to be set to make an strategy for Pink Bull Salzburg defender, Maximilian Wöber, as supervisor Jesse Marsch seeks to strengthen his centre-back ranks.
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Based on journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Elland Highway outfit are reportedly readying a bid for the Austrian worldwide forward of the January switch window, with the transfer doubtlessly set to price within the area of €16m (£14m), together with add-ons.
The switch guru revealed on Twitter: “Excl: Leeds United at the moment are getting ready a proposal for Pink Bull Salzburg defender Maximilian Wöber. Discussions anticipated to happen for price round €11m plus €5m add-ons. Wöber, necessary participant for Salzburg as he’s the captain.”
The Whites have already raided the Bundesliga outfit for the signings of Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen throughout the summer time window, with Marsch looking for one more reunion in Yorkshire.
A brand new recruit to assist bolster the backline has seemingly change into one thing of a necessity for the Premier League aspect attributable to their defensive woes to this point this time period, with Leeds having already shipped 26 targets within the high flight to date – the seventh-worst report within the division.
The membership’s final assembly away to Tottenham Hotspur notably Marsch’s males ship 4 targets having seemed particularly leaky in north London, with captain Liam Cooper coming in for explicit criticism, as one supply steered the supervisor “should be sacked” for persevering with to choose the 31-year-old.
The Scotland worldwide has recorded only a solitary clear sheet from his eight league outings to this point this time period, with Leeds arguably in want of an improve with a purpose to assist strengthen the defensive unit.
Turning to the aforementioned Wöber – who can feature at centre-back or at left-back – would seemingly supply an excellent resolution, with the 24-year-old capable of present higher high quality at each ends of the pitch.
That’s evidenced by the truth that the 13-cap brute has stored five clear sheets and averages 1.7 tackles per recreation this season from his 15 league appearances, whereas Cooper is simply behind as he averages solely 1.6 tackles per recreation to this point this time period.
Equally, the Salzburg man’s high quality on the ball is also a notable profit as he has created five large probabilities to this point this season and averages 0.7 key passes per recreation, whereas Cooper has failed to create any large probabilities and averages simply 0.4 key passes per recreation.
Whereas that high quality within the last third – which has seen Wöber rating twice and registered six assists throughout all fronts this season – has come largely from a full-back berth, the 6-foot-2 ace has predominantly featured within the coronary heart of the defence in his profession thus far, guaranteeing he may supply actual flexibility for Marsch and co.
Any fears over shedding the skilled presence of Cooper within the aspect ought to nicely be eased by the truth that his potential substitute can also be the captain at his present aspect, having been described as a “leader” by sporting director Christoph Freund.
As such, turning to the previous Sevilla and Ajax man may nicely show a very astute improve for these at Elland Highway within the New Yr.