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Newcastle After Top South Korean Forward

6:02 pm, Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 96 Comments

There are reports coming out of Germany that Newcastle United are interested in top 19-year-old South Korean International Son Heung-Min, who plays for Hamburg.

Son Heung-Min – 19 year-old South Korean International

The young forward has been with Hamburg since he was just 16, when he left the FC Seoul Academy in his home country,  and joined Hamburg’s Youth Academy.

The South Korean became the youngest goalscorer ever for Hamburg at just 18 years of age, in October 2010, when he scored his first league goal against FC Koln.

That goal also made him the youngest player to score a goal  in the German Bundesliga for 18 years, and it broke the 39 year old record held by Manfred Kaltz.

The 19 year old, who stands just over 6′ tall (it’s those MacDonald hamburgers),   can play out on the wing, or as a forward,  and he looks like  a top player in the making.

The news is that  Graham Carr, the renowned Newcastle Chief Scout,  has been keeping tabs on the teenager.

The Chuncheon, Gangwon born player, has played for Hamburg 42 times with 8 goals and already has 8 caps and one goal for South Korea.

The Magpies are said to be closely monitoring Heung, who has two-years left on his contract at the German club.

He has been impressive in Germany, and has been nicknamed the “Korean Müller” and has even received praise from the great Franz Beckenbauer, who was quoted as saying the teenager has the talent to become the next Cha Bum Kun.

Cha Bum Kun played for Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga in the 1980s, and was one of the best South Korean players ever, and he played a massive 121 times for his country and scored 55 goals. 😀

Cha Bum Kun played 357 total games in the Bundesliga for his two German clubs and scored 126 goals.

Thies Bliemeister is his agent, and he had this to say to Bild, when asked about Heung’s future:

“We will not deal with such things until the end of the season,” “The only thing important as this time is Hamburg’s place in the league.”

Hamburg are surprisingly fighting relegation this season, and have 35 points from their 32 games and are 5th bottom of the league, but 5 points above the drop zone, with just 2 games to play.

Son Heung-Min looks a top player and he fits exactly  the youngsters Newcastle want to sign – a potentially world class player who is still young and can improve greatly on Tyneside.

Sounds very good to us.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Transfer News and Rumours

96 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    That would be a clever move.

  • 2 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    In car we trust, in years he may be the better version of park or that lad from bolton IMO. Never seen him play tho..

  • 3 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    his transfers value is 4.5 M EUROS

    while Cabral, Jerson is worth 1.5 M euros, could it be?

  • 4 murvar // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Mmmm……Cha Bum Kun; there’s a name to conjure with………

  • 5 LewSpi // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Successful Asian stars are always very, very profitable. Particularly with Thaitoon in the previous tread saying that there is an increased interest surrounding Newcastle over in Asia.

    I dread to think how much revenue Park Ji Sung has made for Man Utd.

  • 6 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Seems a good prospect as well as merging Newcastle into other markets….sounds like a good purchase. Anyway, if Carr likes him then he’s good with me

  • 7 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Some of these asian lads run all day, looks gud, wud b gud to see him in toon

  • 8 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Simpson is woth 4.5M euros, that sounds fair.

    Frei from fulham is estimated at 2M euros i’m sure fulham would sell him for 5 M? would they?

  • 9 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Assou-Ekotto out for the rest of the season. Surely Spurs are written off at this point…either way I’m looking towards Arsenal…not the teams looking up at us…mu ha ha ha

  • 10 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    4.5m for the best RB in the league….they obviously haven’t checked the stats when coming up with these prices 🙂

  • 11 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    That are the odds of chelsea winnig the CL and us finishing fourth or third? And what are the odds arsenal finishing fourth and third?

  • 12 lukes26 // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    NUFC weren’t linked with any of our recent transfers until after offers were made, or deals were done.

    So, anyone we’re linked with is LESS likely a target of NUFC.

  • 13 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Wud b great if we got 4.5m for simpson, but I can’t see a championship club paying that.

  • 14 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Check…maybe West Ham?

  • 15 Twatter // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    West Ham sounds like a realistic buyer lads, haha.

    @l2 Who knows? Maybe we’ve already contacted the player/club about it. Just can’t tell with the way we do business now.

    Is it just me or do we all think we’re businessmen nowadays, looking at how we can increase the club’s revenue and that from signing Korean players? Lads, if he’s a good player, that’s all that matters.

  • 16 zaktoon_swede // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    love the idea of more korean/japanese players in the team. you always seem to know what you get from them, amazing workrate and commitment. good value so far as well. bring him in! good replacement for lovenkrands??

  • 17 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Twatter…we just wanna be like our idol…business man mike 🙂

  • 18 LewSpi // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Ha Twatter.

    Just trying to see it from MA’s perspective, makes the potential of signing him a little greater.

  • 19 mickybraham // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Does anyone know where the game will on in the toon tmorrow? LYH? i was thinking but im not sure?

  • 20 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Cod as much as I dislike bfa still think west ham will come up, still like nolan as a bloke as well, remember he did get the carroll deal across the line for us, bigger contribution to the club than all his goals, hope west ham enjoy paying him in 4 years time, wen he’s even slower and fatter than he is now. Wud b gud to watch him suffer at our hands next year actually.

  • 21 Twatter // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    From MA’s perspective, he would be looking at how many sports direct logos he could fit on their body whilst they were playing in the optimum position for cameras. God, get with it guys. I bet you the next person we sign will be a lad with sports direct tattooed on his forehead.

  • 22 blew // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Mickybraham, Try firstrow – 4minutes before kick. Same applie to justintv. Be patient it takes a couple of minutes

  • 23 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Twatter…It was only a joke, but what is the problem with thinking not only about on the pitch as well as off of it? Further exposure means more money and possible greater opportunities for the club. Sounds good to me

  • 24 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Personally I believe the young asian guy wil improve our bottom line, gross profit to marketable asset ratio will improve and turnover will undoubtably increase, plus the untapped lucrative far east market should improve long term investment opportunities. All in all the lad is a superb aquisition.

  • 25 JAMSHA // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    HAPPI BIRTHDAY lewytoon 🙂 give me a treat lol

  • 26 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Check – BFA? Probably obvious, but can’t get it for the life of me 🙂

    I suppose if they come up, it should be a nice 6 points and yes, Nolan did give his all for the club and I think did want to stay, just not as much as he wanted his long term contract

  • 27 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Cod bfa equals fsa, my mistake iam worn out, apologies

  • 28 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    No problem…i think I can figure out what the f stands for 🙂

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I can’t believe Ashley hasn’t already tapped in to shirt selling alone potential in Asia. Anyone from Korea, China and Japan would hugely increase our brand name internationally.

  • 30 st0r3z // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    No one know if the games on in holland?? Proper wonna watch wigan get smashed tomorrow lads

  • 31 Novocastrian66 // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    He will only sell shirts in Asia if he is any good. They won’t by billion’s of shirts just because he is Korean and playing in the Premier League. There may be an initial surge, however this would only be sustained if he is succesful. If he is not a regular part of the first 11 he will soon forgotten.

  • 32 mickybraham // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Blew- Aii thing is id rather watch it in a pub or something wondered if theres anywhere showing foreign TV i might be able to watch it! cheers though

  • 33 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Ji Dong Won selling many candy stripe car cleaning rags in his home town?

  • 34 Novocastrian66 // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    mickybraham- The Black Garter normally has them on.

  • 35 ihighfivedtioteandbrokemyhand // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Your eyes only normally have the 3 o clock kick offs on! Just be prepared with a thick wallet if ur like me and jus can’t say no to a pretty face!

  • 36 obatoyou // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    this would be awesome, get him and park ji sung too that would be a good signing

  • 37 mickybraham // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    33Novocastrian66 Cheers mate ill probably have a bounce down there then!

  • 38 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    And so draws near the injury rumours, positional wish lists and general rubbish pre-match speculation. I am already down for 3-0 to us, Ba to definitely score first. Ta Daaaa!

  • 39 Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    harry redknob, blaming THFC players for slump, MAN!!!!!!!!!, i think paving way for his move to bcome england manager

  • 40 munch27 // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    mickybraham smokey joes doon the biggy has dorty birds on as does city vault

  • 41 Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Lee Ryder ? @lee_ryder Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Dalglish has been spotted in the stands at Toulouse v Montpelier with Yanga Mbiwa on show #nufc #lfc

  • 42 lobacka // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Anyone see this?

  • 43 Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Any 1 think if guthrie leaves we should go for tom Huddlestone

  • 44 ShanghaiMag // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Nobody in Japan or China gives a crap about Bolton despite their Korean player. Any Korean helps us in South Korea, but that’s a 48 million person market that’s already saturated, nothing compared to Japan or China.

    But if he’s good, and I mean really good, then he could help us in all those countries.

  • 45 ShanghaiMag // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    The first Premier league club to have a player from Mainland China in it’s first 11 will have an unrivalled commercial boom! Look up the increased Chinese interestin Snooker (after Ding) or Basketball (after Yao Ming).

    That’s what we need.

  • 46 supatoonkid // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    If Football Manager is anything to go by (it should be as i scouted Mehdi Abeid when he was 16 on it and look where he is now) this lad joins Inter Milan all the time and becomes one of the players in the world by the time he’s 24. If we miss out on Hoilett or Zaha we should definately go for him but as he’s so good wouldn’t mind having him + Hoilett or Zaha.

  • 47 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Didn’t Everton have a Chinese player a few seasons ago, Li Tie I think his name was? Was an ok player who held his own, think he was a regular selection for a while.

  • 48 GeordieMeerkat // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Don’t forget Zheng Zhi at Charlton and Dong Fangzhuo at Man United.

  • 49 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:32 PM


  • 50 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I think Huddelstone is quite a good shout, but only if has put his injuries away and Harry will sell him for peanuts, he is nowhere near 7.5 M euros.. More like 4 or less.. But he is 25, he is quite a player and is injured so fits the bill perfectly 🙂

  • 51 davybtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    this kid looks good n i think we should b scouting the german league more most similar league to the prem imo

  • 52 davybtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    son heung min

  • 53 davybtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    whats ppls thought on pardew saying there 3 or 4 deals he wants done b4 the euros gonna b busy early on i think

  • 54 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Yeah, but i think then pardew is saying 2-3 signings he means quality (first teamers) and do not include youngsters, wich i think will be something around 4 🙂

  • 55 davybtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    i can see up to nearly 15 new players coming in this summer thats a mixture of first team sqaud n reserves mostly reserves

  • 56 Toon666 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope we are not just getting this guy to increase our (commercial) popularity in Asia. Perhaps I’m being small minded but that’s my fear 🙁

  • 57 rob // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM 🙂

  • 58 AlwaysTOON // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    here’s a thought..

    Make up your own XI Newcastle team from 1992 to today.

    Could be fun

  • 59 GeordieToon89 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    He looks good but he could do with a new celebration its crap ha

  • 60 Ryan2502 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM


    have you got your XI from 1992 – today?

  • 61 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    @56 maybe but he’d also have to be a good player. Be pointless having him if he doesn’t get a single game. That wouldn’t help us break into the Asian market. Would probably get us a bad rep actually

  • 62 AlwaysTOON // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM


    working on it, not that easy :p

  • 63 Ryan2502 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I know, mate! I had a very quick stab at it, but i’ve probably missed some absolutely tremendous players out! My knowledge only extends as far as the early premiership years anyway.

  • 64 AlwaysTOON // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    RB.Warren Barton – CB.Colocini-woodgate/S.Taylor (hard to pick) L.B Enrique
    RM. HBA/Solano (very hard) – MC. Speed MC. Lee. LM. L.Robert
    FW. Shearer FW. Ba/Cissé

    … That’s my team of all time

  • 65 Ryan2502 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    barton albert coloccini bernard

    barton tiote lee ginola

    shearer beardsley

  • 66 AlwaysTOON // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    could be alot of players.. but the best I could think of 😛

  • 67 AlwaysTOON // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    bernard… ofcourse! 😀 beardslay.. It’s to damn hard to pick 😮

  • 68 Ryan2502 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM


    I wasn’t going to put that money grabbing lb in my team, he probably would be in there if he was still playing for the toon.

    I totally forgot about Nobby as well, and it’s a toss up between ginola and robert for the left wing slot.

  • 69 Ryan2502 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM


    I think it would be easier (but still difficult!) to name a squad rather than XI!

  • 70 AlwaysTOON // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I know mate.. Or maybe just for the last 5-6 years

  • 71 Ryan2502 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Had another stab at the XI


    Barton Albert Coloccini Bernard

    Solano Tiote Speed Robert

    Shearer Beardsley

  • 72 AlwaysTOON // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Good one 🙂

  • 73 gaz 44 // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    barton Albert collo beresford
    Solano lee speed ginola
    Shearer Ferdinand that’s the best

  • 74 kingcarty // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    What do you reckon the score is going to be tomorrow then lads?

  • 75 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Our most likely team tommorow






    Cisse’s movement will put Caldwell into an early retirement 🙂

  • 76 kingcarty // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Anyone know what has happened to Obertan btw?

  • 77 zico martin // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Bernard ahead of beresford ?
    But then again its so hard to pick a team as there’s to many quality players that would have to be left out .
    We sing the praises of our amazing Ben arfa at the moment but Beardsley did things like that week in week out he was a genius

  • 78 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM


    Probably working in the Krusty Krab 😉

  • 79 kingcarty // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    @ bigpappacisse

    Yeah making crabby patties.

  • 80 hotdog // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM


    Lol – I wish he was at the bottom of the Tyne with the crabbies. Too far…..:-)

  • 81 kevymartins // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    still cant get over meeting mehdi abeid

    check this out

  • 82 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    @ hotdog

    A didn’t know Bikini bottom was in the depths of the tyne like 🙂

  • 83 soundoid // Apr 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    May we see Ryan Taylor in this game… with a cheeky free kick.

  • 84 voodoo85 // Apr 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    anyone wanting to watch the match tomorrow, head to

    cant believe how many ppl still dont know of this site

  • 85 out of toon // Apr 28, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    i know its hardly worth mentioning again, but the asian players are untapped reserves of world class talent – i would be happy if we targeted several young and promising asian talents… Bring him in – the extra exposure and the revenue it generates will only be a footnote if he tears up the EPL in a few years. Maybe big bad Ashley has been doing his own scouting??!!!!

    4-0 smash the wigan back into relegation. HWTL

  • 86 out of toon // Apr 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    oh and btw any coaching spots at nufc for mourinho or guardiola????? 🙂 maybe youth team??!!!

  • 87 terencelim // Apr 28, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    The toon fan base in Asia like Korea, Singapore, China, Malaysia and Indonesia is larger than local fans could imagine. This is a very smart move in the sense of market exposure and new revenue.

  • 88 Geordie Mitch // Apr 28, 2012 at 4:42 AM


    Raferty’s on pink lane (opposite central station) shows all the games home and away, gets a good crowd in there to. Amazing for home games, you can barely move in there until about ten mins before kickoff!! Not bad for away games as the beer is cheaper 😉 Greedy buggers put it up for home games lol!!

  • 89 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 28, 2012 at 6:14 AM


    If you walk into any Irish Pubs in any one of the big Cities in Holland!

    Most are subsribed to the same Sat / TV Sport sender in Holland called Sport 1 ! ( I,ve got a subscription to the same station too, so get to watch all of our games Live )!

    Then order your pint of Guiness and ask them to put the game on! A lot of them have also got big screens too! Watched us beat Manure earlier this season in the Irish Pub in Nijmegen! Most of the rest of the Patrons had Manure tops on and were all pissed when we beat them! One of them actually bet me a pint that the lads would get hammered by them!
    And choked on his pint after the final whistle went! But fair dues to him! Still got me the pint!

    Not sure if your on your Hols here or you live here but thats my tip if you want to see the match Live!


  • 90 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Reported in the Dutch Press Thursday that Oussama Aissidi from SC Herenveen has handed in a transfer request!
    This is the midfielder who was mainly responsible for Bas Dost,s Hatrick against NEC Nijmegen the other week!

    Sent a lot of clubs chasing Dost,but it looks like SV Wolfsberg are going to get him!

    But this lad Aissidi made two of the three goals in the Hatrick! Dribbling past two players before setting up the second!

    PSV or Ajax are favourites to land him but he is apparantly keeping his options open! As reported in De Algemeen Dagblad last thursday here in Holland !

    I wonder?

  • 91 st0r3z // Apr 28, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    @89 Thanks im working in and around poeldijk … So im not to far from rotterdam ?? Only been here since monday so still finding my feet :)) wud love to watch thr game but finding an irish pub be like finding a needle in a hay stack ?? U dont know mate :)) jus wonna watch my toon piss off the big spenders lol … Lets all pray batern win the final as id love to see chelsea in the europa league nxt season

  • 92 st0r3z // Apr 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    My grammer is poor 🙁 meant i dont know … And bayern !

  • 93 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    @ 91:

    Average price of a pint of Guiness went up recently from 5 euro,s to 6,-

    Which i thought was pushing it with the price! Most of The Irish Bars are called The Shamrock and advertise in the Window if they,ve got the Footy or not!

    If you ask someone! A lot of the locals talk English and will probably point you in the right Direction! If you talk to anyone about Newcastle and Footy in Rotterdam they mostly start on about Feyenoord and Bellamy and his injury time goal a few years back!

    If you get a train to Utrecht you got more chance of a Pub with the match on there, Rotterdam can be a bit dodgy in the evening ( has a reputation for druggies and drunks ) The train aint cheap though, think its about 45min on the train from Rotterdam central!

    I thought i actually saw a Brit Pub last i was in Utrecht!
    Hope we bloody win if you make the trip! Enjoy your Guiness!

  • 94 st0r3z // Apr 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Thanks for the advice id love to go watch the game but a drive to utrecht on the off chance is a little out my comfort zone … I will have a chat with the owner of the hotel im at as he speaks good english and go from there :)) i guess watching southampton get promotion will have to do i would like to see allerdice suffer another year in the championship … Hate the bloke soo negative .. Westham shudda snashed that league this year n wudda with a decent manager n e way nuff of the dross … Im off to locate the nearest irish pub much thanks 🙂

  • 95 MrMan // Apr 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Although this is some very interesting transfer news, I would like some sort of source on rumors like this. It only says “the news is…”, making it a bit dubious

  • 96 Crawfordladd17 // Apr 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    MrMan it is on
    Hahaha there is this Crystal Palace fan on Facebook says “Newcastle coming 17th is a great achievement”

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