Wolves are one of several Premier League sides to be linked with Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz and the Chile international’s arrival could see Hwang Hee-chan leave Molineux.
According to 90min, the 23-year-old striker is on the shortlist of a number of top-flight sides including Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, West Ham, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Brighton ahead of the January window.
Brereton Diaz’s contract at Ewood Park is set to expire at the end of the current campaign which leaves the Lancashire outfit with a huge decision to make in the new year, as foreign clubs will be able to approach the striker on a pre-contract deal with the view to signing him on a free transfer.
Blackburn valued the former Nottingham Forest man at £20m during the summer after a hugely impressive campaign in the Championship which saw him hit 22 goals in just 35 appearances in the second tier, averaging a superb 7.06 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
He has continued that strong form into the new season with Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side, with nine league goals to his name thus far, and it is easy to see why Blackburn might demand a significant fee for him in January despite his contract situation, as they will be hoping that he can fire them to promotion to the Premier League.
Who would you rather have?
Rovers currently sit third in the Championship so will fancy their chances of swapping places with Wolves for the 2023/24 campaign, but Julen Lopetegui has been brought in to avoid relegation at all costs.
The Spaniard takes over a side bottom of the top flight with just eight goals to their name, so signing a consistent goalscorer has to be a priority for the former Sevilla boss in January.
In the absence of Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto and Sasa Kalajdzic for much of the season, the Old Gold have struggled to trouble Premier League defences, and Hwang’s poor form since joining permanently has been a big factor behind that.
After hitting five goals on loan from RB Leipzig last season it was hoped that the South Korea international, once dubbed a “top player,” could have a big impact going forward again in the current campaign.
However, he has struggled for regular game time and has been woeful on his rare starts, with WhoScored awarding him a shocking 6.15 average rating for his performances in the Premier League.
This ranks him as the 21st-best player at Molineux so far this campaign, which suggests that he needs to leave in January and that the “phenomenal” Brereton Diaz would be a significant upgrade in Lopetegui’s squad.
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