Leeds United’s interest in Red Bull Salzburg defender Maximilian Wöber is ‘one to take seriously’, journalist Dean Jones has informed GiveMeSport.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road in recent days, sparking the possibility of a reunion with his former manager and current Whites boss Jesse Marsch.
Leeds United transfer news – Maximilian Wober
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has disclosed that Leeds are ‘now preparing an offer’ for Wöber following his eye-catching performances for Salzburg.
It’s claimed that discussions are expected to take place over a deal that would see the west Yorkshire outfit part ways with an initial €11 million (£9.8m) plus €5m (£4.4m) in add-ons.
Romano has described Wöber as an ‘important player’ for Salzburg, though, not least because he is the captain of the reigning Austrian champions.
Marsch signed the 6 foot 2 ace during his time in charge at the Red Bull Arena and could now look to secure his signature for the second time in his managerial career.
What has Jones said about Wober?
Jones has told GMS that although he doesn’t know a lot about this possible transfer, it is a deal that ‘makes a lot of sense’ for Leeds.
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He said: “This isn’t one I know a lot about and haven’t been able to find out loads, but it does seem to be one that’s genuine and even on face value, it makes a lot of sense in terms of what they’re looking for in this position.
“And Jesse Marsch has an understanding of what he would bring to the team. So, certainly, it’s one to take seriously, I think.”
Would Wober be a good signing?
Wöber is a versatile defender who has predominantly lined up at centre-back throughout his senior career but has also featured at left-back on numerous occasions.
The Austria international has largely been deployed at full-back in the current campaign, racking up a very respectable two goals and six assists in 21 appearances, earning praise from Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund.
“Max is not only a really good defender just in the way we want of him,” said Freund. “He is also a real leader in the team who is happy to take on responsibility, which is an important factor for our young team.”
Wöber’s versatility is likely to be an extremely attractive asset given Leeds’ injury issues in recent times, and he could become their first addition of the January transfer window.
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