Hopes grow for West Ham, Everton as duo eye €15m Bundesliga raid

Hwang Hee-Chan, Ozan Kabak RB Leipzig v Liverpool February 2021

RB Leipzig forward Hwang Hee-Chan has emerged as a target for West Ham and Everton, according to reports in Germany.

Both Premier League clubs were looking to strengthen in attack during the January transfer window. West Ham failed to sign a replacement for Sebastien Haller, while Everton brought Joshua King in on a short-term deal. Now, the two sides are considering their options before the summer.

Hwang would be an interesting one to explore, as he can play anywhere across the front line and is approaching his prime years at the age of 25.

Usually deployed as a centre-forward, the South Korean has struggled for gametime in his debut season with Leipzig. In fact, he has only made one start in the Bundesliga and is yet to score despite a further 14 substitute appearances.

His fate has been slightly better in the German cup, in which he has scored twice from three appearances. But it seems his days with Leipzig are numbered.

The Bundesliga giants are looking to trim their squad and Hwang may have to make way. If he does, the Premier League could be his next destination.

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According to Sport1, West Ham and Everton are interested in the former Salzburg striker. Leipzig want to gain €15m by selling him and both English clubs are eager for the deal to be a permanent one as well.

Hwang was not permitted to leave Leipzig in January, when Everton and West Ham showed an initial interest. The situation has changed and now they could have their chance.

Nicknamed ‘the Bull’ due to his aggressive style of play, he remains under contract until 2025. However, Leipzig seem to be willing to get rid of him.

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West Ham have striker dream

Another striker on the Hammers’ radar is their former player Marko Arnautovic.

The Austrian spent two seasons with the club before leaving for China in 2019. Now, though, he is ready to return to Europe.

According to Il Resto Del Carlino, one club wants to take Arnautovic to Serie A, but West Ham could try to hijack the deal with a better financial offer.

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