West Ham United could revisit one of their reported January targets this summer…
According to Sport1, the Irons are set to battle Premier League rivals Everton for the signature of RB Leipzig forward Hwang Hee-chan ahead of next season.
It’s claimed that both teams were keen on signing him during the winter but the 25-year-old remained at the Bundesliga outfit at the request of manager Julian Nagelsmann, whilst it is thought he could be available for just €15m (£13m).
That’s around how much Leipzig paid Salzburg for him in the summer.
The South Korean international has not enjoyed a very good season whatsoever, scoring two goals in just 514 minutes of action, but his campaign has been hampered since he contracted coronavirus in late November.
But this is why the Hammers should pounce as one stop-start season won’t have made him poor overnight and evidently, they will be able to get him for bargain price.
Had he continued his goalscoring exploits from Austria this term, then he would certainly be commanding a far more excessive fee. At Salzburg, Hwang was hugely prolific, providing 16 goals and 22 assists, via Transfermarkt.
During his time there, he earned glowing praise from former teammate and now global superstar, Erling Haaland, who dubbed him “absolutely crazy,” “brilliant” and “so important” to the side following a goal against Liverpool in the Champions League.
Coincidentally, his playing style has been compared to that of the Reds’ Roberto Firmino, as well as the obvious likeness to Heung-min Son at Spurs.
‘Happy leading the line as part of either a duo or a front three, Leipzig’s first summer signing likes to get on the ball and has a trick or two up his sleeve to shake off a defender. Comfortable with both feet, with the strength to hold off an opponent and the pace to exploit space,’ wrote Bundesliga.com.
Furthermore, his former head coach Peter Zeidler once claimed Hwang was “exceptional” and had “brutal dynamism”.
Hwang has scored 62 goals throughout his short career and it would be on Moyes to get that lucrative form back out of him, if he were to move to the London Stadium.
Given the desperate need for a striker and their likely place in Europe next season, the Leipzig man could offer the side some much-needed experience on the big stage.
He may be finding life tough in the German top-flight this season but for just £13m, West Ham could land themselves a bargain in the Leipzig speed demon.
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