Leipzig signs South Korean forward Hwang from Salzburg


South Korea's Hwang Hee-Chan, right, celebrates after he scored first goal during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between South Korea and Bahrain at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Kamran Jebreili / AP)

LEIPZIG, Germany — Leipzig signed South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan in the latest transfer from sister club Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Hwang, who has made 32 appearances for South Korea, signed a five-year deal with Leipzig and will wear the No. 11 jersey, the Bundesliga club said.

Hwang is the 17th transfer from Austrian side Salzburg to Leipzig, which is also backed by the Red Bull energy drinks company. He follows the likes of Naby Keita, Amadou Haidara, Dayot Upamecano and Konrad Laimer in making the switch to Germany.

Hwang will be expected to help fill the gap left by Germany striker Timo Werner’s departure for Chelsea. Leipzig is also reportedly targeting Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica and working on keeping Patrik Schick beyond his loan deal from Roma.

Hwang scored 16 goals and set up 22 more in 40 games across all competitions for Salzburg last season. He spent the previous season on loan at Hamburger SV in Germany’s second division. Hwang joined Salzburg from the Pohang Steelers academy in Korea in January 2015.

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