According to The Athletic, Everton have been closely tracking Red Bull Salzburg attacker Hwang Hee-chan, but won’t make a bid for his services this month.
Well, The Athletic report that Brighton and Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers are two Premier League clubs especially keen to bring the 23-year-old to England.
The report says that the Seagulls have held talks with the South Korean’s representatives and that Wolves want to get a deal done this month, but that the Austrian outfit aren’t keen to lose a third key player during the January transfer window having already seen Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland join Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
The Athletic add that Everton and Leicester City are also keen on Hwang, although unlike their English top flight rivals they won’t be making a move before the deadline on January 31.
The report suggests that Brighton and Wolves could look to strike a deal that would see them sign the man who starred in the Champions League this term now before loaning him back to Salzburg for the remainder of the campaign, but Everton should be hoping that the Austrian side wait until the summer to make a decision on the £27m-rated man instead.
Indeed, Hwang scored three goals and provided a further five assists in his side’s six fixtures in Europe’s elite club competition in 2019/20, before they were eliminated having finished third behind Liverpool and Napoli.
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While he has shown that he can find the net and set his teammates up, his speed is another massive weapon he has in his armoury.
According to the official Champions League website, his fastest recorded speed in the Champions League this season is 32 km/h, compared to 31 km/h for the notoriously speedy Mo Salah of Everton’s arch-rivals.
Add that stat to his others and the fact he is 24 years of age, and you would have to feel that he is exactly the type of signing the Toffees should be targeting with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm.
Over to you, Marcel Brands.