Leeds United could be interested in Hwang Hee-chan should they fail to sign Georginio Rutter, with The Athletic reporting that Jesse Marsch remains an admirer of the Wolves forward.

The Whites appear to have no intention of still searching for signings in the final days of the January transfer window. They have already signed Max Wober. And they have now been linked with bids for two more players.

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Reports from L’Equipe on Saturday suggested that they had made a £26.5 million bid for the Hoffenheim striker. Meanwhile, Foot Mercato claimed on Sunday that they had already made an offer for Azzedine Ounahi.

Leeds remain admirers of Hwang Hee-chan

It would be a shock if Leeds landed both men given the potential fees involved. But it would certainly appear that they are very serious about signing Rutter, at least.

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The Athletic reported that an approach had been made for the young Frenchman. Leeds are trying to agree a deal with the Bundesliga side, who value the 20-year-old at over £30 million.

It remains to be seen if they can reach an agreement. But The Athletic suggests that they do have other targets in mind, including Viktor Gyokeres and Hwang.

Marsch is a fan of the South Korea international. Another report from The Athletic suggested that Leeds made an informal bid worth £17 million for the Wolves star in the summer. Obviously, their Premier League rivals rejected the offer.

Fans won’t be happy if Rutter pursuits fails and Whites end up with Wolves star

Leeds fans will have some big concerns about the possibility of Hwang ending up at Elland Road. Rutter looks to be an extremely exciting prospect with a huge ceiling.

Hwang meanwhile, has scored one goal in 18 appearances this season. And of course, those two words which Leeds fans have now grown to loathe can be associated with the forward: Red Bull.

The 26-year-old played under Marsch at Salzburg, and very briefly at Leipzig.

Admittedly, the debut of Max Wober on Sunday was extremely encouraging. But the signings of Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson are yet to reap significant rewards. And Marsch has not convinced his doubters yet either.

So pursuing another player from that system – who did not score a single league goal in Germany – would be a really unpopular move at this point.

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