Bruce makes striker move

10 June 2011 11:00
HE MAY have lost one of his prized midfield assets in Jordan Henderson, but Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is closing in on young South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won.[LNB] HE MAY have lost one of his prized midfield assets in Jordan Henderson, but Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is closing in on young South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won.[LNB] Reports coming out of Korea yesterday suggested Dong-Won was close to completing a £1m move from K-League outfit Chunnam Dragons, with the Black Cats also hoping to tie up a deal for Liverpool's David N'gog once he returns from holiday.[LNB] Six-foot-one striker Dong-Won recently scored for South Korea against a Ghana side containing Black Cats' front man Asamoah Gyan.[LNB] The 20-year-old has attracted interest with his impressive goalscoring record for both club and country and would add a much-needed physical presence to Sunderland's front line.[LNB] Dong-Won has scored nine goals in 32 appearances for the Dragons since joining in 2010 and has netted six times in eleven international games.[LNB] Bruce has repeatedly insisted his top priority during this summer's transfer window is to strengthen his forward options after the departure of Danny Welbeck back to Manchester United and a serious knee injury to Frazier Campbell.[LNB] The Black Cats boss has been linked with a number of strikers in the last few weeks including long-standing target Peter Crouch, German veteran Miroslav Close and Wolves' Kevin Doyle.[LNB] Article Continues Below[LNB] The Northern Echo has no responsibility or control over the content on external blogging sites, but you can contact us if you have a complaint.[LNB][LNB] However, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has insisted Crouch will not leave White Hart Lane during the close season despite interest from the North-East.[LNB] Bruce tried to sign the England international two summers ago from Portsmouth, but the 30-year-old opted to move to the North London club instead.[LNB] And despite several strikers being linked with a move to Spurs, Redknapp insists the towering forward won't be sold this summer.[LNB] Redknapp said: He is not one I'm looking to shift. We are looking to bring a striker in but he is not one of those that we are looking to sell if we can help it.[LNB] German international Close has since joined Italian side Lazio and any hopes of landing Doyle took a hit when the Midlands club avoided relegation on the final day of last season.[LNB] Even if Dong-Won does arrive at the Stadium of Light, Bruce will still look to add a big-money striker to his squad using some of the money made from Henderson's move to Liverpool.[LNB] The Merseyside club have said the figure is in the region of £16m but sources on Wearside claim the amount will be £19.25m including add-ons.[LNB] There is still strong interest in Seb Larsson, David Vaughan and Kieren Westwood, with a deal set to be announced when the goalkeeper returns from holiday in the next few weeks.[LNB] Bruce is keen to add another keeper to his squad with Craig Gordon unlikely to be ready for the start of the season after undergoing knee surgery.[LNB] Gordon has now began his rehabilitation and after spending the majority of last season on the sidelines, the Scotland international hopes the problem is now behind him.[LNB] It's been a frustrating season for me, ever since I started the season by breaking my arm again in training, the 28-year-old said.[LNB] The arm is fine now and I put it behind me, but then I started to have the problem with my knee.[LNB] I never felt like I'd been 100 per cent fit. I've been struggling through trying to get the best out of my body.[LNB] But I've had the operation now and early indications are that it's going well.[LNB] I'll concentrate on the rehab side of things over the summer and I'll be back in before everyone else ahead of pre-season training.[LNB] Hopefully I'll be there or thereabouts around the start of the season but it'll probably be later than that when I can actually play some games.[LNB] At least that's something to aim for. We're working with the surgeon very closely and making sure he's happy with everything.[LNB] Meanwhile, midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady has completed his permanent move to the Stadium of Light.[LNB] The 23-year-old Egyptian spent last season on loan from ENPPI making 38 appearances in his debut season in England.[LNB] The initial loan deal included an agreement for the Wearside club to make the move permanent for a pre-arranged fee, an option boss Steve Bruce has decided to take up.[LNB]

Source: Northern_Echo