S. Korea's Ji to join Sunderland

22 June 2011 09:00

South Korean international Ji Dong-Won is to join English Premier League side Sunderland on a three-year deal, his local club Chunnam Dragons announced Wednesday.

The K-League side said the two teams had agreed in principle on the transfer and the forward was expected to sign a contract later this month after a medical. Terms were not disclosed.

Yonhap news agency quoted sources as saying the transfer fee was around 3.8 billion won ($3.5 million).

Ji, 20, will be the eighth South Korean to join the Premier League and the youngest so far. Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung and Lee Chung-Yong of Bolton Wanderers were the only Koreans still playing in England last season.

Ji is currently with his country's squad in Jordan for the second round in the regional qualifying tournament for next year's Olympics. His club said he would fly to England immediately after Thursday's match.

"I had the impression that Sunderland really wanted me," Yonhap quoted him as saying in Amman.

"I know there will be stiff competition for playing time, and my goal is to become the player that the team wants me to be in six months.

"I am also looking forward to playing against Ji-Sung and Chung-Yong, whom I both admire."

Ji has six goals in 11 international matches. He was runner-up for the K-League rookie of the year in 2010 after scoring eight goals in 26 games.

Ji was first linked to Sunderland earlier this month but another Premier League club, Newcastle United, and Dutch team PSV Eindhoven were reportedly expressing interest.

Source: AFP

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