Leeds 'more likely' to sign teenager than £25m star at Elland Road

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Leeds United are “more likely” to sign FC Zurich’s Wilfried Gnonto than Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Both strikers have been linked to Elland Road, but Jones thinks the Yorkshire club signing the former is more probable.

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What is the latest news involving Gnonto and Hwang?

Football Insider recently reported that Bournemouth are ready to hijack Leeds’ move for Gnonto.

According to the website, the Whites are in talks to sign the 18-year-old and have already agreed personal terms with him. However, it appears that they now face fierce competition from one of their Premier League rivals to land him.

As well as Gnonto, Hwang is another centre-forward who Leeds are thought to be interested in.

As per Sky Sports (via Daily Express), the Yorkshire outfit are keen on the 26-year-old, who could cost them £25m.

What has Jones said about Gnonto, Hwang and Leeds?

Out of Gnonto and Hwang, Jones thinks Leeds are more likely to sign the 5 ft 7 Italian.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about the two forwards, the journalist said: “He’s a more likely signing, but he’s also a player of a certain age bracket that can just be developed and doesn’t necessarily have the pressure on him upon arrival.”

Who would be the better signing for Leeds, Gnonto or Hwang?

At this moment in time, probably Hwang. He has more experience than Gnonto, with some of it coming in the Premier League, while he has played for Leeds manager Jesse Marsch before.

The two worked with each other at Red Bull Salzburg and briefly at RB Leipzig, with the South Korean scoring 16 goals in 43 appearances under his former boss.

In terms of what Hwang would bring to Elland Road, he is the kind of individual who is determined to try and win the ball back high up the pitch when tasked with leading the line for his side.

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“We’re talking about a great professional, a great kid, a top player,” Wolves manager Bruno Lage recently said (via The Athletic) when discussing the possibility of Hwang leaving Molineux before Thursday’s deadline.

“Who wouldn’t want a player like him? I want him, I like him, but in the end we need to understand the market and the situation of the club.”

Where Hwang ends up remains to be seen, but Elland Road certainly seems to be a possible destination, though it appears Leeds are focusing on Gnonto.

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