Leeds United appear intent on raiding Red Bull Salzburg once again, with sporting director Victor Orta believed to be eyeing a move for Austrian international, Maximilian Wober.
What’s the word?
According to journalist Peter Linden, the Elland Road outfit are believed to be ‘willing to pay a double-digit million contribution’ in order to land the 24-year-old next month, with the defender having previously worked under Jesse Marsch at Salzburg.
The Leeds boss has already overseen reunions with both Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson after signing the duo from the Bundesliga outfit during the summer, with the indication being that the American is now “preparing an offer” to add Wober to that list, as per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
The suggestion, as per Romano, is that any move for the former Sevilla man – whose existing contract is set to run until 2025 – could cost in the region of €16m (£14m), including add-ons.
Orta can repeat Aaronson masterclass
As stated above, Marsch and Orta already moved to bring in both Kristensen and Aaronson from the Austrian outfit over the summer, with the addition of the latter man having proven particularly fruitful thus far.
The USA international could no doubt improve upon his attacking output, with just three goal involvements to his name in the Premier League this season, although the signs are that he is still making an impact in his new surroundings, having created five big chances thus far.
The 22-year-old playmaker has clearly illustrated his willingness to make things happen in the final third as he averages 1.9 key passes per game from his 15 league starts, while also proving effective defensively after averaging 1.7 tackles per 90 from his attacking midfield role.
Such a bright start to life in English football – in which the youngster has also recorded 13 chance-creating carries this term – has led pundit Noel Whelan to describe him as a “stand-out” asset for the Yorkshire side, due to his “huge energy”.
With that £24.7m investment already beginning to pay off, Orta could look to repeat that transfer masterclass by snapping up Aaronson’s former teammate, Wober, with the 13-cap titan also possessing the quality to shine at Elland Road.
The Vienna-born ace – who can feature at centre-back or in a left-back berth – has enjoyed an impressive start to the current campaign thus far, showcasing his attacking threat after scoring once and registering two assists from his 15 league outings, while also creating five big chances in that time.
Perhaps more importantly for a side that has shipped 29 Premier League goals this term, however, the 6 foot 2 brute has also illustrated his defensive acumen after averaging 2.1 clearances, 1.7 tackles and 1.2 interceptions this season.
Equally, like Aaronson, the one-time Ajax rock would also offer the benefit of having played under Marsch previously, ensuring that he could well make a smooth transition were he to join Leeds in the New Year.
Having already reaped the rewards of raiding Salzburg in recent months, Orta could well repeat that trick by snapping up Wober in January.