Kim Shin-Wook claims he agreed Celtic contract in January, shares why deal collapsed

Jeonbuk striker Kim Shin-Wook claims he agreed to join Celtic last month - but a work permit scuppered the move.

South Korean international hitman Kim Shin-Wook has been quoted by the Daily Record as saying that a deal to join Celtic fell through last month.

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila has been unable to settle on strikers during his time in charge of the club, as Stefan Scepovic signed in 2014 and was loaned out to Getafe after failing to make an impact, whilst John Guidetti moved on after his loan deal from Manchester City ended last summer.

Summer signing Nadir Ciftci also struggled before being sent out on loan to Eskisehirspor last month, Carlton Cole has made little impact since signing on a free transfer in October, and Deila then moved to sign Feyenoord's Colin Kazim-Richards on deadline day earlier this month.

Now though, details are emerging about one failed deal from Celtic during the January transfer window. South Korean international striker Kim Shin-Wook has now been quoted by the Daily Record as saying that he saw a move to Glasgow fall through last month.

Shin-Wook, 27, hit 111 goals in 266 games for Ulsan Hyundai in his native South Korea, and joined rivals Jeonbuk Hyundai earlier this month, where he will be looking to continue his superb goalscoring record - and hopefully help him improve his international record of just three goals in 32 caps.

However, Shin-Wook - who stands at a gigantic 6ft 5in tall - claims that he actually agreed a contract with Celtic in January, but the deal fell through because he wouldn't be given a work permit to play in Scotland, meaning the Bhoys turned their attention from the target man to Kazim-Richards.

"Last month I had a few offers, including a team from China and in Scotland from Celtic," said Shin-Wook. "Celtic are a huge club and the contract was agreed for me to be transferred there. Unfortunately I was then told I didn’t qualify for the required work permit and the move fell through," he added.

Would you have signed Shin-Wook over Kazim-Richards?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch