Liverpool, Man City target Hwang as Wolves ‘scramble’

Liverpool and Manchester City are both reportedly interested in signing Hwang Hee-chan after his impressive displays for Wolves this term.

Hwang, on loan from RB Leipzig, has scored four goals in eight Premier League games this season to catch the eye of the biggest and best around.

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The Mirror claims Man City have scouted the South Korean a number of times this season, while Liverpool have been tracking the forward for some time.

Hwang put on a fine show when Jurgen Klopp’s side faced RB Salzburg in the Champions League in 2019, putting Virgil van Dijk on his arse in front of the Kop before scoring.

And according to reports in Germany, Hwang turned down a move to Anfield in favour of Leipzig in 2020.

Meanwhile, City could look to the 25-year-old as an alternative to Harry Kane.

Pep Guardiola is thought to still be keen on bringing the England captain to the Etihad, but Hwang would represent a significantly cheaper option, if not quite the same goal threat.

But Wolves do have an option to buy Hwang and are keen to sign him at the midway point of his season-long loan to avoid any complications and competition next summer.

Meanwhile, Paul Merson believes Steven Gerrard – recently announced as the new Aston Villa boss – will be Liverpool’s manager “this time next year”.

Merson said: “Aston Villa is a stepping stone to Liverpool for Steven Gerrard and if things go his way he could even be at Anfield this time next year. Stranger things have happened.

“Gerrard will be Liverpool manager one day. He is on the right path. I’m sure that’s his aim. He will have a plan. This is part of the journey.

“Sitting here today you would you think he’s got no chance of being Liverpool manager next season.

“But things change quickly in football. If you’d said to me this time last year that Dean Smith would be out of a job I’d have said no chance.

“It’s all about timing. If Liverpool start next season badly or Jurgen Klopp wakes up morning and decides to walk away, who else are they going to go for?

“If Steven Gerrard does well at Villa in the Premier League then surely he is the first one Liverpool would turn to.

“This is a much tougher job than Rangers because there is so much competition. And it’s a nightmare start because the players are away on international duty.

“He has a hard first game too in Brighton. They are a good team but the fans will expect to beat them at Villa Park so there’s a bit of expectation and pressure on his debut.

“The thing is, Villa surely don’t think they are getting into the top six this season. If Arsenal and Tottenham are struggling why should Villa think they can walk right in there?

“So all he really has to do is steady the ship, get them safe, and if they finish mid-table he’s had a result in my opinion.”


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