Celtic have been linked in the Scottish press in the last day or so with having an interested is signing South Korea’s two goal World Cup hero against Ghana Cho Gue-Sung.
The 6ft2 attacker could very well be seen as a direct replacement for current Greek ace Giorgos Giakoumakis, after it was revealed in the SMSM last night that he could be on his way out of the club in January after contract talks broke down.
You can read my thoughts on that story here: Are The Celtic Contract Leaks Part Of Our Transfer Strategy? – Champions 67
However, it was also reported that Borussia Dortmund had a keen interest in signing Cho, which would have potentially made things very difficult for Celtic, considering they could offer a much higher salary and to play in a better league than we could.
The Dortmund rumour came after South Korea FA vice-president Lee Young-pyo revealed this week that he had been contacted by a sporting director from a “very good club” in Europe about Cho.
Young-pyo hinted that it was a colleague from his time spent at Dortmund playing in 2008/09.
That had instantly put his former side’s name firmly in the frame with his team-mate of the time Sebastian Kehl now holding the sporting director position at the Bundesliga giants.
However, it looks like that Dortmund’s interest me be fake news, and in good news for Celtic, it looks like it is actually former Europa League opponents Ferencvaros that we are currently up against for Cho’s signature.
Current Ferencvaros sporting director Tamas Hajnal was also a member of the Dortmund team during Young-pyo’s one-year spell at the German side and sources in Hungary have stated Hajnal and his club have contacted Cho’s representatives about the hitman’s future plans.
Ferencvaros are a decent side, but it would be hard to imagine if given the opportunity between the two clubs that he would turn down Celtic in favour of a move to Hungry. It is certainly much less daunting than battling it out with Dortmund for his signature.
Cho could very well start against Portugal tomorrow afternoon in Korea’s final group game, so I’m sure Celtic fans will be watching that game with a keen eye on the striker.