Bordeaux and South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo has confirmed that he has received an offer from Premier League side West Ham United.
Speaking to the media (h/t Girondins4Ever.com), Bordeaux centre-forward Hwang Ui-jo has confirmed that he has an offer on the table from West Ham United as he considers leaving the French club.
Hwang Ui-jo had spent the entirety of his career in Asia before moving to Bordeaux in the summer of 2019 from Japanese club Gamba Osaka. Since signing, the 29-year-old has made 96 appearances, producing a modest tally of 29 goals and seven assists in the process.
However, following Bordeaux’s relegation from Ligue 1, Hwang Ui-jo is ready to move on from the French club this summer. The 29-year-old is also in the final year of his contract at the French club who need some serious cash inflow amidst financial issues. So, an exit is very much on the cards for the striker, who has four caps for the South Korean national team.
And the centre-forward has confirmed in an interview that he is assessing all his options, including West Ham United, who have tabled an offer to sign him.
“I am waiting, nothing is decided yet. There will be more details to give you depending on the financial situation of the team, of Bordeaux. It is true that offers have arrived from FC Nantes and West Ham United as well,” Hwang Ui-jo said, confirming that West Ham United are keen on signing him this summer.
West Ham United have been in the market for a new striker this summer given the lack of cover for Michail Antonio at the top. A deal for Chelsea prospect Armando Broja looked likely, but talks have stalled recently, casting doubts over the possibility of a transfer.
Gianluca Scamacca is another player who has been heavily linked with West Ham United, but they are yet to agree a transfer fee with Sassuolo for the Italian international. With the situation being as it is, the Hammers could do with adding someone like Hwang Ui-jo to their ranks.
While he might not be the biggest name and the most prolific goalscorer, the 29-year-old would add experience and depth to the squad, which can come in handy as David Moyes’ side will be playing in the UEFA Europa Conference League next season.