Phil Hay has told his Athletic podcast that there is a “very strong chance” Leeds United will complete a move to sign RedBull Salzburg captain Maximilian Wober in the January transfer window – with a fee believed to be worth £14.2m.

Wober, 24, has impressed at Salzburg since joining the club from Ajax in the summer of 2019. Playing 39 times for the Dutch champions, he decided to move to Austria – his home country. He has starred for Salzburg in defence.

Clocking up 125 appearances for Salzburg, Wober has had a hand in 18 goals. In terms of attacking output, Wober is enjoying his best season this term – scoring two goals and laying on six assists. He is playing as a left-back.

But naturally, he is a centre-back. A player that Leeds boss Jesse Marsch managed. A player that Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen know well, and a player with 13 Austria caps. Fabrizio Romano first reported the interest.

The Italian journalist reported that Leeds were ‘preparing an offer’ worth around £10million up front. Then, around £4.2million in add-ons. Hay has now gone one step further, saying there is a good chance a deal goes through.

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“That looks like a very strong chance of happening, that one. He’s 24, so a good age. I’d be happier to see an out-and-out left back coming in. That said, perhaps some attention on the centre of defence isn’t a bad thing either.”

Hay: Strong chance Leeds complete move to sign Wober in January

Wober has endured an interesting career, before finally settling at Salzburg. Coming through at Rapid Vienna and then earning a move to Ajax, he has also spent time on loan in La Liga with Sevilla – struggling to make an impact.

Of course, he has improved greatly and slightly older at 24, he is more experienced and wiser. But is he really the answer? Kristensen’s form, having starred for Salzburg, has been poor since his arrival – although improving.

Aaronson has been excellent at times, without actually providing the numbers in terms of goals and assists. So, it is one up for debate. There is no doubt though, that Leeds need a left-back, or a left-sided centre-back.

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