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Report: Celtic chase South Korean centre-back Kim Young-gwon, who 'could definitely play for Manchester United'

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The talented defender is currently playing for Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

Celtic are believed to be in the running for South Korean defender Kim Young-gwon, who is also being linked with a move to the Premier League.

The Daily Star report that Southampton, Swansea City and Sunderland are all also keen on the player who is currently with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

The South Korean international, who has 34 caps for the Taegeuk Warriors, is out of contract in China in December so is said to be available for a cut-price fee of just £750,000.

The centre-back has impressed in China, even being referred to Manchester United's legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson by former Guangzhou manager Marcelo Lippi.

Lippi is quoted by Tribal Football as once saying:

"I spoke with Ferguson about him. He could definitely play for Manchester United."

Celtic are certainly in the market for a new central defender. Jason Denayer's loan spell from Manchester City has come to an end and he is not set to return. Meanwhile Virgil van Dijk is being continuously linked with moves to Premier League clubs.

Celtic have previously had South Korean players such as Kim Seung-yeung and Cha Du-Ri at the club, so are popular in the Far East.

They will hope to beat a host of competition to this man in the coming weeks.

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