West Ham approached 29-year-old striker before Scamacca deal, now he could join Wolves

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West Ham United wanted Hwang Ui-jo but Wolverhampton Wanderers have now made their move to sign the Bordeaux striker.

The Hammers have signed a new striker having lured Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo last week.

Scamacca will now be competing with Michail Antonio in the West Ham attack, giving David Moyes two quality forwards moving into the new season.

West Ham did consider other options and one of them could now end up joining a Premier League rival.

West Ham United wanted Hwang Ui-jo

The Hammers looked into a deal for striker Hwang Ui-jo after Bordeaux suffered relegation from Ligue 1.

Calciomercato reported West Ham’s interest in the South Korean International before Hwang admitted an offer was on the table from the Hammers.

West Ham focused on Scamacca though, seemingly identifying Hwang as a fallback option if they couldn’t secure a big-money move.

Bordeaux were always going to lose players after their relegation and one attacker has already moved to the Premier League in Southampton new boy Sekou Mara.

Hwang could be next to go but it it won’t be to West Ham; it’s Wolverhampton Wanderers making their move.

L’Equipe report that Wolves have made an offer for Hwang, which is believed to be in the region of €3million – around £2.5million.

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Bordeaux are in financial difficulty but they still think that offer is ‘insufficient’ and have told Wolves to pay more if they want Hwang.

Talks are still ongoing between the two clubs but Wolves will seemingly have to come up with a bigger offer.

Wolves have seen Raul Jimenez pick up an injury and having loaned out Fabio Silva to Anderlecht, they need another striker.

Hwang scored 29 goals in 93 league games for Bordeaux following a 2019 switch from Gamba Osaka in Japan.

A International teammate of Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan, Hwang Ui-jo could be a bargain addition to the Wolves attack and he may well make more sense for Bruno Lage’s men than for West Ham.

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