Fabrizio Romano has taken to Twitter to report that Leeds United are preparing an offer for Maximilian Wober, with talks set to take place over a deal which could cost the Whites £14.2 million.
Leeds desperately need signings during the January transfer window. A new left-back and a striker are simply musts. And we would not say no to further strengthening in a couple of other areas.
And it seems that Leeds are indeed working on a deal for someone who can play on the left. According to Romano, the Whites are ready to make a bid for the 24-year-old.
Leeds preparing bid for Wober
It is not clear what Red Bull Salzburg want for the Austria international. But Romano does note that he has captained the side on a number of occasions this season.
Leeds meanwhile, are prepared to pay just under £10 million up front, with the rest coming in add-ons…
Excl: Leeds United are now preparing an offer for Red Bull Salzburg defender Maximilian Wöber. 🚨⚪️ #LUFC
Discussions expected to take place for fee around €11m plus €5m add-ons. Wöber, important player for Salzburg as he’s the captain. pic.twitter.com/jIfj5a0ucP
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 27, 2022
Firstly, it is extremely positive that Leeds are ready to get stuck into the market. Victor Orta has a lot of work to do as the Whites are absolutely in danger of being relegated if we sit back.
Wober is an international player, captaining his club side on a number of occasions. He has predominantly played at left-back this season, too. And he signed for Salzburg during Jesse Marsch’s tenure. So he certainly ticks a lot of boxes.
There will be a couple of areas for concern. Leeds’ last wing-back signing from Red Bull Salzburg has not exactly shone since moving to Elland Road.
And the large majority of Wober’s appearances in his career have come at centre-back. So he would have a point to prove if he came in to resolve our issues on the left.
Obviously, we currently have Pascal Struijk there. Struijk has done superbly given that he is not a left-back. And occasionally, his limitations in that role have been exposed.
So there may be some supporters who reserve judgment on the idea of signing Wober until they have seen how he could potentially adapt in the Premier League.