Magpies Close To Second Summer Signing – Midfielder Has Had Medical at Newcastle – Another Bargain Buy


The Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle United have held discussions with 29-year-old South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng.

The central midfielder’s contract at Swansea runs out tomorrow, and he will not be staying with Swansea in the Championship.

This gives Newcastle a good chance of getting a decent experienced Premier League player in at a reasonable price (at least the transfer fee is zero) with Everton also interested as were AC Milan.

But Newcastle seemingly confident they can sign the 29-year-old.

Back in August 2012, Swansea paid Celtic £6M for the central midfielder after he had been at Celtic for three seasons.

29-year-old South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng – a free agent from Swansea

This was Swansea’s record transfer fee until it was later broken by Wilfried Bony joining the Swans.

Ki Sung-yueng has played for the Swans 162 times with 12 goals and 11 assists, and he spent the 2013-2014 on loan at Sunderland where he played 34 times with 4 goals and 3 assists.

The 6ft 2ins tall player held talks with Newcastle almost immediately after South Korea’s World Cup exit, and the Chronicle are reporting he has already had a medical at Newcastle.

He could even be announced tomorrow as a Newcastle player if there no snags.

The midfielder plays in the holding central midfielder position and would bring a lot of experience to Newcastle.

Ki Sung-yueng has admitted his frustration that Swansea couldn’t avoid the drop:

“I’m really frustrated and disappointed.” “I believe Swansea will come back stronger and find the philosophy of the club for the fans.”

It seems that Newcastle identified the South Korean as a target early on and move for him immediately after the World Cup finished for Ki Sung-yueng and South Korea.

Rafa does an excellent job of knowing who’s available on a free transfer and which players have only one year left on their contracts.

He has played 104 times for South Korea with 10 goals since making his debut as a 19-year-old back in June 2008, in a 2010 World Cup qualification match against Jordan.

The South Korean would be another bargain buy for Newcastle if we can sign him, and he has significant Premier League experience; he has played 139 PL games for the Swans with 12 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


15 comments so far

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #1

    No one saw that coming!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 29, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought the key signing was going to be Rafa extending his contract!!

    3
  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #3

    So if Benitez gets the funds we are all hoping for and a proper attacking midfielder is brought in ,This makes this lad no better than 3rd or 4th choice at best.
    Or is a sign of what’s to come??
    Adios Rafa

    3
  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Nice to know bladeuser ie bladey (multiple account) is back on!

    It’s the time of the year when tw@ts like him blame Rafa for everything!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Jazzy

    You don’t think KSY is bought in for the number 10 role?

    Holding midfielder who can also play AMC?

    Defo an improvement to Joselu in that role?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve often been against it when posters have used terms like ‘premier league’ player and ‘proven they can play in this league’. Well, here is a proven premier league player. Experienced and can cover shelvey if/when he misses a few games. We have major priorities up front and going forward, doesn’t mean a striker or no10 need to be the first and second signings.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa likes to have a good holding midfielder behind the striker whilst having quick wingers and strikers around him.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Nezza

    As I said mate if Rafa is given the funds we are all hoping for then I don’t see this kid getting any where near the starting 11,And I see him being no more than another sales pitch to the Asian market

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  • Little h

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Sounds like a good signing all things considered dirt cheap, experienced, knows the way the league is played

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Ronaldo

    That’s if your making your assessment on this lad being the only cover bought in to cover Shelvey.
    If That’s the case and this is the calibre of player we are settling on this Summer,Then I fear no lessons have been learnt from past mistakes..And I definately don’t see Rafa staying

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Jazzy
    Why are you writing him off already? I’m not particularly enthused about him but I’m not writing him off and will give him a chance. Who would you suggest signing as cover for shelvey?

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  • Wayayman

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Although not a marquee signing, he is captain of his county and a proper grafter too. When was the last time we signed an international captain?

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  • Beardsleys Love Child

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Seen him play. Great squad player, our squad is pi55 poor on numbers so to get an experienced int captain can only be good. Although the fact that shirt sales in Asia and Sports direct advertising for fatty in seoul you can smell that fat scumbags scent all over this deal

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Ronaldo

    Who’s writing him off??? Don’t twist words pal.
    What I have said is if he has been brought in to fight Shelvey for that position,Then I can’t see a top top player coming in which means money is not gonna be spent again.
    That’s my worry bud and nothing else.I wish him all the best as I do any signing but see it as an underwhelming signing if no other was to come in to play in that position

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  • Little h

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Or prehaps were getting squad numbers built up for low cost leaving better money for priority signings it doesnt mean all signings will be cheapos
    gk and back up cm for what less than say 8 mil? Priority now st winger and number 10 id happily take another bargain bucket cb and maybe even a fb if it meant we spent heavy (by our standard) on priority positions

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