The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are on the trail of South Korean center-back star Cho Yong-Hyung.
Cho Yong-Hyung – are Newcastle interested?
The 26-year-old centre-back, who stands just short of 6′ tall, plays currently in the K-League with his club Jeju United in Jeju, South Korea.
His previous clubs were Bucheon SK and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and he has played 31 times for South Korea.
Cho’s current deal with Jeju United runs out in December, and he is now available to talk to other clubs, who may want to offer him a contract at that time.
Fulham are also reported to be keeping tabs on the player, but it’s a surprise to us if Newcastle are looking for another center-back, with Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Tamas Kadar all available for next season.
Although Williamson has never played in the Premiership, his play since he joined Newcastle from Portsmouth at the end of January, has been excellent.
We’d be very surprised if this story is true, at least the bit about Newcastle being interested, but of course if Cho Yong-Hyung has a good World Cup for South Korea, he could attract some Premier league clubs.
The South Korean has played 43 times for Jeju United in two different stays with the club.