Newcastle After Top South Korean Forward


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.



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96 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #1

    That would be a clever move.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #2

    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..

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #3

    his transfers value is 4.5 M EUROS

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

    http://www.transfermarkt.de/de/jerson-cabral/profil/spieler_126413.html

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  • murvar

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #4

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

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  • LewSpi

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #6

    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

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    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?
    http://www.transfermarkt.de/de/kerim-frei/profil/spieler_146844.html

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #9

    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

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #11

    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?

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  • lukes26

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Check…maybe West Ham?

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  • Twatter

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • zaktoon_swede

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #16

    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??

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #17

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

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  • LewSpi

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Ha Twatter.

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

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  • mickybraham

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #19

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

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • Twatter

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • blew

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    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

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #25

    HAPPI BIRTHDAY lewytoon 🙂 give me a treat lol

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #26

    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

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • st0r3z

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #31

    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.

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  • mickybraham

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #32

    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

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #33

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

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #34

    mickybraham- The Black Garter normally has them on.

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  • ihighfivedtioteandbrokemyhand

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #35

    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!

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  • obatoyou

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • mickybraham

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #38

    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!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #39

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

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  • munch27

    Apr 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #40

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

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