Olympique de Marseille are reportedly eyeing a move for Bordeaux forward Hwang Ui-jo as per the report in French outlet L’Equipe (via TRANSFERmarketWEB).
The 29-year-old joined the Ligue 1 side back in 2019 from Gamba Osaka for around €2 million. The forward enjoyed a productive last season with the Girondins, scoring 12 goals and assisting three times in 36 league appearances. The South Korean international has also started the new campaign in a similar fashion, scoring three goals in six approaches.
According to the report, Marseille are looking to sign a new forward and Hwang is on the priority list for Jorge Sampaoli. The Olympians tried to land the South Korean at the Stade Velodrome this summer, but the offer of €6 million didn’t match Bordeaux’s asking price.
However, Sampaoli’s side haven’t given up the 29-year-old’s pursuit just yet as they are looking to return with a new offer to sign Hwang in January. The South Korean has a contract with the Girondins until June 2023, and signing him up in January could be a perfect time.
Marseille looking to sign Hwang Ui-jo in January:
Following Arkadiusz Milik’s injury, Marseille are lacking numbers in the centre forward department, so signing Hwang will be a very good addition for Sampaoli’s disposal.
Ahmadou Bamba Dieng has filled that void very well so far in this season, scoring three goals in four appearances. However, providing the same performance throughout the campaign could be a big ask from the youngster. So, adding a new striker will be a shrewd decision from the Argentine manager.
Meanwhile, after a good start to the new campaign, Marseille have encountered a stumbling block against Angers. The Olympians are currently sitting in second in the league, seven points behind the league leader Paris Saint-Germain. Sampaoli’s side will welcome RC Lens in the next game in the league on Sunday night.
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