Newcastle Announce Signing Of South Korea Captain Ki Sung-yueng On Free Transfer


Newcastle United have just announced on their web-site that the club have completed the signing of South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng.

The midfielder will join the club on Sunday, July 1st after his contract expires at Swansea City tomorrow.

This is subject to receiving the appropriate visa clearance.

Signed! – South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng

It seems the 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal and he becomes Newcastle’s second signing this summer after we signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Manager Rafa Benítez has said this:

“I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club. He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here.”

“He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here.”

“He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad.”

Ki said this after signing for Newcastle:

“I’m so pleased I can join the club. I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.

“Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans.”

This is a savvy signing for Newcastle because we get an experienced Premier League player for a low fee on an initial two-year deal.

And his contract can be extended depending on how well he plays for us next season.

But it’s what Rafa wanted – more Premier League experience and savvy in the Newcastle squad to help what is a young squad.

Two players through the door so far – and hopefully more to come – even before preseason training starts on Monday.

Comments welcome.


18 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Welcome to the Toon sunshine

    4
  • S.A.S

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    And there is our new home shirt.

    3
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Very much doubt this was a primary target. This will have been a swift decision made, most likely on the basis that Merino is definitely leaving and has confirmed that to Rafa.

    3
  • beermonkey

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    pre season tour to korea next season then

    1
  • kc2012

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m very Happy with this. I’m also very glad Rafa is looking at free agents that we actually need which saves money for his primary targets.

    Welcome to the Toon Ki

    Now I’d really like us to go for Shaqiri. That would be £16m spent on 3 very Good signings and our squad would be looking much stronger already imo.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Downgrade on the outgoing Merino, but I suppose one wants to be here and the other doesn’t. Squad weaker than when we finished the season right now.

    2
  • jane

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    excellent signing will improve strength in depth.

    4
  • awaydays

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Kc
    I think we should stay away from Shaqiri I think if we are to spend that amount it should be Kennedy
    Watched Shaq alot and he shows flashes of brilliance but is lazy and does a lot of moaning theres a reason he ended up at stoke and why he didn’t make it at Bayern and inter

    2
  • AncientC

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Looks like he can play in many positions. He has played 7 games as a number 10. That could come in useful. I would like to think a number 10 will be signed this summer, but I have been saying that over the past 3/4 windows.

    2
  • Little h

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Has there been anything official from any one in any position of actual knowledge that merino is leaving? Or is it just press sh!te?

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  • jane

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #11

    doesn’t take long for wikipedia to be updated

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ki_Sung-yueng

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  • awaydays

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Really happy with ki always looked good for swans prem experience comfortable on the ball for a free is great. We proved last year our starting 11 can go toe to toe with most sides improving the bench is just as important as the starting 11 and something we don’t have is a massively effective bench

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I wouldn’t say he is a downgrade on merino but he doesn’t have the potential merino has. Merino did have a couple good games but also poor ones too, he was inconsistent and lacked the fight to get back in the team. Ksy is experienced and has been in this league for years. A few times last season we got done for experience and now have added and experienced head to a very young squad. Nice home strip.

    9
  • Little h

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #14

    The sign behind his head says sports rect about right for ashley

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Has Rafa had a word with Shelvey who he would of played with at Swansea
    Not a bad signing for free
    Maybe he is going to play alongside Shelvey espiecally if Ritchie and Merino are on there way out

    1
  • kc2012

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Awaydays

    For £12m we would be stupid not to go for him. He’s better than what we have now and huge sell on potential. Represents by far the best value for money available right now imo. I read Liverpool are very interested in him so maybe Klopps clueless and likes lazy players who knows. Attitude or not he’s a top player

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  • mfw13

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Signing the captain of a country that just pulled one of the biggest upsets in WC history on a free is never a bad move. At the very least, you know he’s going to be great in the locker room and work his butt off.

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  • stjamess

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Hope the lad does well but reeks of a sponsorship , advertising signing

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