Leeds United are reportedly holding talks with Wolves as they strive to reach an agreement over the transfer of South Korea striker Hwang Hee-chan.
The Whites have already signed eight new players this summer, with five of those starting as they played out a 1-1 draw with Everton. That point, with one of the new signings Luis Sinisterra scoring his first Premier League goal, maintains Leeds’ fine start to the new season. Indeed, after five games played, they have won two, drawn two and lost just once.
However, the point at Elland Road on Tuesday came at a bit of a cost. Their leading scorer and stand-in captain Rodrigo was forced off with just 32 minutes on the clock. He sustained a disclocated shoulder injury that could rule him out for up to two months.
Prior to that injury, Leeds had suggested their summer business for the summer may have been done. Indeed, cheif executive Angus Kinnear used the club’s programme notes on Tuesday night to virtually rule out any further dealings.
However, in the immediate aftermath of the match, Leeds boss Jesse Marsch admitted that Hwang was a player he was keen to sign.
Furthermore, Wolves have on Wednesday secured the signing of Hwang’s replacement in Sasa Kalajdzic.
And with a report previously indicating Hwang was keen to link up again with Marsch, it seems everything is in place for Leeds.
Now it seems that talks between Leeds and Wolves are starting to accelerate. With just hours left in the window, Leeds face a race against time to secure his signature.
However, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Leeds are stepping up their efforts to lure Hwang to Elland Road.
Leeds won’t pay over the odds for Hwang
That said, he claims Leeds have informed Wolves that there is a limit to what they will pay for Hwang.
And having joined Wolves for £14m earlier this summer following a loan spell, Leeds will only spend a top limit of £18m on his signing.
Ideally, Leeds would like to offer Wolves their money back, but Bruno Lage’s side are seemingly intent on making a small profit on their investment.
As such, there is a growing optimism that the two clubs will manage to strike a deal for Hwang. That comes despite Lage’s claims over the weekend over why he would like to keep Hwang at Molineux.
Leeds are also reportedly considering a move for Cody Gakpo. The PSV winger is capable of playing in a central striker’s role. He would cost a far larger fee of around £38.5m – with chairman Andrea Radrizzzani dropping a hint about their interest.
Any deal for Gakpo looks far more complicated. The winger is being chased by a number of other sides, including Southampton and Everton.
However, PSV’s failure to qualify for the Champions League means a move to the Premier League does look likely for Gakpo.
Dan James the Leeds fall-guy
In order to facilitate either move, Leeds will reportedly allow Dan James to leave Elland Road.
The Wales winger arrived in a £25m deal last summer following a lengthy chase by Leeeds.
He has featured in all four matches in which he has been available this season. To that end, Marsch admits he rates James highly.
But Tottenham are keen to bring him in as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his squad options.
Spurs are chasing James with Leeds allowing him to leave, potentially on an initial loan deal.
As per Fabrizio Romano, talks between the clubs are resuming on Wednesday. Leeds will leave the decision in the player’s hands – and Romano claims the Whites want one of Hwang or Gakpo as his replacement.