Ji Dong Won, 22, who is currently in Korea recovering from an injury, has been the subject of a shock bid from German giants Borussia Dortmund reports the German paper daily Bild.
Ji Dong Won started his career for South Korean Liga K side Chunnam Dragons before making a £2m move in the summer of 2011 to Sunderland who were then managed by Hull City boss Steve Bruce. The Jeju born striker played in parts but won over the hearts of the Sunderland fans by netting a 93rd minute winner in their 1-0 victory over Manchester City.
Following the sacking of Steve Bruce, the South Korean found himself surplus to requirements under Martin O’Niell and spent the 2012/13 season on loan at Augsburg in German Bundesliga. It was with Augsburg that the youngster impressed the Dortmund boss, netting 5 goals in 17 games for the strugglers. It was thought Augsburg might be back in for him again but their general manager declined to speculate.
“It is no secret that Ji had a great season playing for Augsburg.
“But I do not want to talk so much about new players.
“Basically, we are keeping our eyes and ears open, but I’m not a fan of transfers during the winter break.”
There were interest from SC Freiburg, VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach last summer but Paulo Di Canio had high hopes for the former Chunnam Dragons man and a reported £5m offer was rejected..
Ji Dong Won signed a new 3-year deal with Sunderland back in 2011, but with his contract expiring next summer Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is looking at signing the striker permanently in January and it looks like Sunderland are willing to let him go, as he’s only made 4 appearances for the Black Cats this term and new boss Gus Poyet hasn’t made any intentions to extending the Korean’s current deal.
However, It is reported that Sunderland would like to receive a fee in the region of £5m but that figure is now far-fetched given the lack of game time and the striker’s expiring contract. Sunderland will do well to recoup the £2m they parted with for his signature back in 2011.
Will Ji Dong Won be a hit at Dortmund?
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