South Korean forward Cho Gue-sung has been discussing a potential January transfer as he met with reporters at the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Clubhouse [@choguesungfc].
Celtic appear to be very interested in the player as the club are reported to have held talks in London with representatives from the K-League side.
Jeonbuk’s technical director is former Manchester United star Ji-sung Park who has spoken about the players desire to play in European football.
Cho spoke to the media: “I’m thinking about a better way, whether it’s better to go to Europe in January or transfer in the summer. I’m contemplating the timing of a European transfer while talking and communicating with director Park Ji-sung and coach Kim Sang-shik.”
Cho has been attracting interest from other teams in both Europe and the MLS as Bundesliga side Mainz and Minnesota United have been mentioned in the conversation around the attackers future.
It currently looks as though it is a straight battle between Celtic and Minnesota United. Even though the MLS side have offered a larger transfer fee, the Hoops are allegedly willing to include a bumper 50% sell-on clause of up to €6 million.
The 24-year-old spoke candidly about any future potential moves and still appears to be weighing up his options having impressed for his national team at the World Cup in Qatar and stating that he hasn’t heard anything concrete yet about a potential move away from the club.
His desire to play in European football is evidently there but it appears that he is just working out what route is best.
If he makes the switch to Glasgow and has the opportunity to perform in the Champions League he will be noticed.
It doesn’t appear as if he is keen to come to Celtic, as Ange said “we only want players who want to come and play here”. If he isn’t interested or using us to get a better deal then walk away and get someone who wants to come here!