Hwang Ui-jo was the subject of a £3.4 million bid from Nottingham Forest last week and Bordeaux accepted it. Now, according to L’Equipe, there could be a problem with the proposal made by Evangelos Marinakis.
The Reds are busy trying to strengthen their attacking quality. Hwang has been with Bordeaux since 2019 when he checked in from Japanese giants Gamba Osaka.
A versatile forward, the South Korean international has scored 29 goals in 98 appearances but could leave this summer amid some financial uncertainties.
Hwang enjoyed a decent 2021/22 campaign. He scored 11 times and laid on two assists, with Bordeaux experiencing a difficult campaign in Ligue 1.
Forest fans were speculating last week where he would fit into the squad but Marinakis had a plan for the man with 15 goals in 45 appearances for his country.
The Reds chief was keen to take him to Olympiacos on loan for the season; although the latest reports claim that the player isn’t struck on that idea.
He’d rather head to a new club and make a claim for a place. Instead, if he signs for Forest, he could find himself heading to Greece for the 2022/23 campaign.
Negotiations are continuing but right now there appears to be an impasse in proceedings and that could hold the deal up.
Hwang subject of Forest bid but there’s a problem
The forward would be an intriguing signing for Forest. Steve Cooper is trying to add Neal Maupay to his ranks as well and another striker would see the Reds have four.
Hwang is a decent enough player but he’d have a point to prove. He’s only played in Ligue 1 when it comes to Europe and that is an inferior league to the Premier League.
It’s not really a surprise he doesn’t want to head to Olympiacos. He will fancy trying to make his way in the English top-flight and perhaps a different promise will need to be made.
Marinakis has proved a master negotiator this transfer window. The situation with Hwang could require him to work his persuasive powers once again.