RB Leipzig striker Hwang Hee-Chan has become 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 into a short-term deal. Now both sides are considering their options before the summer.
Hwang would be interesting to explore, as he can play anywhere on the frontline and is nearing his prime at the age of 25.
Usually deployed as a center-forward, the South Korean struggled to play in his debut season with Leipzig. In fact, he has only made one start in the Bundesliga and has yet to score despite 14 other replacement matches.
His lot was slightly better in the German Cup, in which he scored twice in three appearances. But it seems his days in Leipzig are numbered.
The Bundesliga giants are looking to downsize their squad and Hwang may have to give up his place. If he does, the Premier League could be his next destination.
According to Sport1, West Ham and Everton are interested in the former Salzburg striker. Leipzig want to earn € 15million by selling him and both English clubs are eager for the deal to be permanent as well.
Hwang was not allowed to leave Leipzig in January, when Everton and West Ham showed initial interest. The situation has changed and now they could have their chance.
Nicknamed ‘the bull’ due to his aggressive playstyle, he remains under contract until 2025. However, Leipzig seems to want to get rid of him.
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