Newcastle Not Impressed With Asian Market

Derek LLambias has talked about expanding the European Market for Newcastle, and as well as France,  Newcastle will be looking to do some business in Holland and Belgium this summer.

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Ji Dong-Won – sent on loan last month to German side Augsburg

Derek was interviewed again in the Newcastle Journal and he also talked about world markets for Newcastle outside of  Europe and this is what he said:

“As for the global markets, well we did look at South Korea and a player from the Chunnam Dragons.” “We sent our guys over. Graham Carr had a look at him and he wasn’t good enough, yet he was one of their star players.”

That player was 6’2″ striker Ji Dong-won and we were interested in the player in the summer of 2011, and here’s one of our reports on the transfer speculation in April of 2011.

And it’s interesting that we said Graham Carr had made the trek to South Korea to watch the then 19 year-old in action – so the story from the Daily Mail  seemed to be even true- that’s scary. 😀

But Graham Carr said the player just wasn’t good enough, so Sunderland signed the lad in June of 2011 on a three year deal and the transfer fee was thought to be around £2M.

And it was reported last month that Bundesliga club Augsburg had signed Sunderland forward on loan until the end of the season.

The South Korean International played 21 times for Sunderland last seasons with two goals but he has not appeared in the first team this season, although he has 19 full caps and 8 goals for South Korea.

So it would seem he’s not coming through for the Black Cats – but it’s always hard to judge the youngsters.

It’s difficult at Newcastle to know which players of our current crop of youngsters will make it.

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