S. Korea football star likely to join MLS

01 December 2011 07:46

South Korea's star defender Lee Young-Pyo is likely to join Major League Soccer club the Vancouver Whitecaps, news reports said Thursday.

"We still disagree on one or two details and we need a bit more time but the Whitecaps seem to be very interested in signing Lee," Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted the player's agent as saying.

The agent could not be reached for comment.

The Korea Times also said his agency, Jissen, has been in talks with the Whitecaps.

"While we have a couple of things to clear up, the team has a strong will to take him on their team," it quoted a Jissen official as saying.

If the deal goes ahead, the North American League club would be the 34-year-old Lee's sixth team.

He started his professional career at the Anyang LG Cheetahs, the predecessor to FC Seoul, in South Korea.

His overseas career began in 2003 when he joined the Netherlands' PSV Eindhoven, then managed by Guus Hiddink who led South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

Lee also played for English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, the German Bundesliga's Borussia Dortmund and Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal. He returned home in June.

Source: AFP

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