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.