Celtic-linked Kim Bo-Kyung makes Wigan move

Cardiff Kim

South Korean midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung has joined Wigan following his release from Championship rivals Cardiff.

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of former Cardiff City midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung on a deal until the end of the season.

Kim, 25, arrived in South Wales from Cerezo Osaka in the summer of 2012, making 59 total appearances during his first two seasons at the club, while recording three goals and three assists.

The South Korea international had seen just 179 minutes of league action this term, however, before becoming a free agent at the weekend after being granted his release.

A summer transfer target for Celtic, manager Ronny Deila admitted interest in signing the ex-Bluebird in August, telling Sky Sports: "That's a guy [Kim] we have been talking about but we haven't done anything concrete.”

A swap deal involving defender Adam Matthews was also mooted last month, per the Evening Times, but he will instead head to the DW Stadium for a reunion with Wigan boss Malky Mackay, who he was both signed by and played under at Cardiff.

Kim was allegedly the subject of some of the offensive messages which Mackay admitted to sending to colleague Iain Moody back in August, but the Latics newboy insists the pair’s relationship was one of the main reasons for him joining the club over other options.

“I am very happy to be joining up with the gaffer again,” he told the club’s official website. “I really enjoyed working with him in the past and he helped me so much in my career.

“He gave me the chance to fulfil my dream of playing in England and I am now looking forward so much to working with him again.

“Since becoming a free agent, we had various offers but when the chance came to be with the gaffer again at Wigan, this really was the only place I wanted to come.”

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