The news circulating all over South Korea yesterday was that their South Korean international Cho Jae-Jin, a 26 year-old 6â€™1â€ striker, is hoping to complete a transfer to Newcastle United, after traveling to Newcastle in an attempt join the Tyneside club.
Cho Jae Jin – 6’1″ striker who can score goals
South Korea is likely to send its fifth player to the English Premier League, as striker Cho Jae-jin flew to Newcastle United yesterday in an attempt to sign for the North East Giants. Cho, who has just finished his contract with the Japanese side, Shimizu S-Pulse, has talked with at least 4 Premiership clubs, including Fulham, where another Korean international, Seol Ki-hyeon, plays.
But Cho has made it very clear that he wants to sign and play for Newcastle United. Cho Jae-jin is a Korean name and the family name is Cho.
London club Fulham had been favorites to sign the striker about two weeks ago, but that deal fell through when Fulham manager Sanchez was sacked. West Ham have also shown interest in the player.
Cho’s agent said today:
“Negotiation with a club which proposed a better deal failed, so he flew to England to complete the deal”
This will put question marks around Shola Ameobi’s future at his home-town club and we expect Ameobi will now leave in the January transfer window, which opens in 4 days time. We expect him to either join Bolton Wanderers or Norwich City, and would expect the fee to be around Â£2M.
Manager Sam Allardyce’s attack already has four high-profile strikers â€• Michael Owen, Mark Viduka of Australia, Nigerian Obafemi Martins and former Manchester United player Alan Smith.
Here is Cho’s playing record:
Years Club App Goals 2000-01 Suwon Bluewings 8 0 2002-03 Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix (army) 31 3 2003-04 Suwon Bluewings 8 1 2004- Shimizu S-Pulse 79 34 2003- Korea Republic National Team 29 8
The Shimizu S-Pulse star would not name the potential suitor but admitted discussions are heading in the right direction.
“The Premier League is my No.1 target,” “I am not able to reveal the name of the club but we are meeting with a Premier League club.”
“If I fail then there is a good chance that I will go the Netherlands.”
Cho is frequently seen outside the football field and boasts many female fans. In 2004, he was chosen as the face of clothing brand ASK, and has posed for Adidas and the Korean edition of Cosmopolitan in the past. When the Red Devil sold jerseys of footballers to commemorate South Korea’s performance in 2004, over a third of the buyers of Cho’s shirt were female.
This would be a high profile Asia signing for the Magpies, although we haven’t seen the Korean play much.
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