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Leeds United: Fabrizio Romano claims Whites set to sign Maximilian Wober

Leeds United are now closing in on the potential signing of the Austrian defender Maximilian Wober following the January transfer window opening over the weekend.

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now claimed a move for the 24-year-old is now edging closer to completion as Jesse Marsch looks set to be handed some defensive reinforcement at Elland Road.

According to the Italian journalist, the Whites are now just waiting on the medical to be completed and the paperwork to be signed by the centre-back before he is announced as Leeds’ first addition of 2023:

“It’s almost done. Yes, we just wait for the contract to be signed but they’re preparing the paperwork and everything so Leeds and Salzburg have an agreement in place. It’s around £12m plus add-ons. So there is an agreement ready between the two clubs,” Romano said.

“So we just wait for the player to complete the second part of the medical and for contracts to be signed, but Wober will be new Leeds signing.”

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Leeds steadied the ship over the weekend with a hard-fought draw away to one of the Premier League’s in-form sides in Newcastle United and even managed to keep a clean sheet against Eddie Howe’s Magpies.

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It has been a poor start to the campaign from the Leeds backline who are among the worst in the league for goals conceded with only four other clubs conceding more than the 29 that Illan Meslier has had to pick out of the back of his net.

Ironically, against the league’s fourth-highest goal scorers in Newcastle, Leeds were able to keep a clean sheet on the weekend in their trip north.

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But the summary of their season has been their defensive frailties with back-to-back league games against Bournemouth and then Tottenham Hotspur seeing the Whites let in seven goals.

In Wober, the Yorkshire side will be acquiring a player who their manager knows incredibly well having managed him 68 times during their time together at Red Bull Salzburg.

The 24-year-old has shown his versatility during his time at Salzburg having played across the backline as both a centre-back and more predominantly as a left-back.

That is a similar case to Pascal Struijk who has been deployed in the left-back spot by Marsch this season on 15 occasions in the Premier League alone.

Although Wober has not shown himself to be an attack-minded left-back with just one goal and two assists to his name this season, Marsch will be hoping he can add to what Leeds showed on Saturday defensively.