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Wolves transfer news: Everton join race for Hwang Hee-chan

Everton have reportedly joined Leeds United in the hunt for Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan.

According to The Sun, the Toffees are considering a late swoop for the South Korea international, who only signed for Wanderers permanently this summer.

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Wolves paid £14 million to turn Hwang’s loan deal permanent.

It was a decision that a lot of Wolves fans have questioned.

Hwang started last season on fire, scoring four goals in his first six Premier League games.

But after it was announced that Wolves would be exercising their option to buy, Hwang’s form took a nosedive.

He only scored one more goal after his haul of four in his first six, and the star has been heavily criticised by some.

And it’s been a tricky start for Hwang this term, with the star missing a penalty against Preston North End on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup.

The Sun say Everton are now interested in the 26-year-old.

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Apparently they will move for him if they fail to wrap up a deal for Ben Brereton Diaz of Blackburn Rovers.

Goodison director of football Kevin Thelwell is said to be a big fan of Hwang, who is supposedly valued at around £15 million.

Speaking about Hwang ahead of today’s game with Newcastle United, Bruno Lage said: “Hwang spends a lot of time in the academy like other players and he wants to be in his best shape all the time, and do everything he can to play.

“So we’re talking about a great professional, a great kid, a top player and someone who scored six (five) important goals for us last season.

“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.”

Wolves stand chance of making profit on Hwang Hee-chan as Everton join Leeds in race

It looks as though Lage favours playing three in midfield, which would allow Daniel Podence to become a wide option again.

So that perhaps makes Hwang dispensable.

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The South Korean’s form in 2022 has been alarming to say the least, which is a real surprise considering the start he had at Wolves.

If Wolves can turn a profit on him then it’s worth considering the sale.

And there’s a decent chance of that with Everton joining Leeds in the race.