Ki Sung-yeung’s potential arrival at Villa Park could spark further moves for several South Korean stars – here are three worthy of the Premier League.
Already something of an established face on UK shores, having impressed with Celtic, Swansea City and Sunderland previously, Ki Sung-yeung could be in line for arguably his biggest move yet with Aston Villa reportedly closing in on a deal for the 25-year-old.
Impressive for the Blackcats last term, Ki is not the only standout South Korean star though, with the World Cup showcasing at least three players worthy of moves to the Premier League.
Kim Young-Gwon – Guangzhou Evergrande
Currently on the books of the super-rich Guangzhou Evergrande, Kim Young-Gwon has already garnered praise from World Cup winning coach Marcelo Lippi, who has previously stated his belief that the defender is “capable of playing for clubs like Manchester United.”
While a bid from the Red Devils may not be forthcoming, the 24-year-old could one day head to England having already won the Chinese Super League and Chinese FA Cup in 2012 as well as the AFC Champions League and the Chinese Super League again in 2013.
Kim Shin-wook – Ulsan Hyundai
Anyone nicknamed the “Korean Peter Crouch” is always likely to garner some attention from the Premier League, and coming in at a whopping 6ft 5in in height, this Asian target man may just be the real deal, having racked up a sensational 48 goals over the last three seasons.
Used as an impact sub by South Korea at the World Cup, the 26-year-old tried to salvage something from the 4-2 loss to Algeria, coming on in the second half to help reduce the deficit with the team scoring two goals. Already linked with Everton, he could also be the ideal for Queens Park Rangers.
Hong Jeong-ho – FC Augsburg
Another centre-back who could be in line for a Premier League bow, Hong Jeong-ho may just be the most likely of the three to seal a switch to England having already done the business for unfashionable Bundesliga side FC Augsburg.
Fresh from helping the Bavarian club to a surprisingly comfortable mid-table finish, the defender could be the next player to depart, particularly if manager Markus Weinzierl gets snapped up by a bigger German rival.