Newcastle Reported To Be After World Cup Center-Back

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Short for a prem CB. They’re usually around 6’2″. Still, it’s another name in the hat. (insert usual ‘lack of funds et.c’ comments here)

  • MarkO

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Sunday rubbish again, but wouldnt mind him tbh

  • flair20

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve actually just been thinking lately that it might be a very smart move to bring in a player from the far east – even if only as a squad player. Everyone knows we are short of cash, so the extra revenue it would generate could come in very handy indeed. Certainly, if I had to choose between Cho Yong-Hyung and Andy O’Brien as a squad player at centre-back, I would choose Cho Yong-Hyung every single time – extra revenue, more potential, better investment all round.

  • Ericles

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    More diversionary nonsense from the Sunday Sun. Ignore!

  • WLtoon

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Its more nonsense from papers full stop.
    If we had an ambitious owner we could believe that maybe we would be targeting some of the hundreds that we,ve been linked with.
    We dont have an ambitious owner,in fact just the opposite,so,as far as im concerned,i wont be making any more comments about supposed signings.
    IMO i think we.ll be lucky to bring in 3 players,none of which will cost a penny.
    Well done Ashley. you are doing a sterling job,NOT

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 6, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6


    I’ve thought for a very long time we should have got a player from the far east for shirt sales alone a la Park at Manu. I can’t believe we have never tapped in to ths market.

  • lesh

    Jun 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #7

    But if S Taylor were to go?

  • Bao Zheng

    Jun 8, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #8

    All. Just for your general education Newcastle are probably the 3rd or 4th best supported club in Asia behind Liverpool and ManU, maybe Chelski but that support is temporary. Mostly down to the outstanding broad based work done by the supporters clubs across the region. They sing and cheer while you lot bitch and moan. Think on.


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