Wanderers line up another raid on South Korea

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

WANDERERS are tracking one of South Korea’s hottest properties.

Yoo Byung-Soo, the FC Incheon striker who has netted 14 goals this season, has been watched by the club with a view to a January move.

Sources in Seoul suggest the 21-year-old, who is favourite to pick up the K League’s Rookie of the Year award, could be looking for a Premier League move to boost his chances of making next summer’s World Cup squad.

Having been impressed with the capture of Chung-Yong Lee from FC Seoul in the summer, Gary Megson has continued to scout East Asia for more bargains.

And it is likely to take a bid matching the £2.2million they paid for Chung-Yong to bring free-kick specialist Yoo to the Reebok.

Standing just over six feet tall, Yoo has proved a hit in his first full season in senior football, helping Incheon to the play-offs.

He has been drafted into the South Korea squad, making his debut against Ali Al-Habsi’s Oman in May.

But his lack of international experience is likely to mean more red tape for Wanderers to clear, as proved the case in their July capture of Chung-Yong.

Yoo’s team-mate, Australia international Jade North, talked up the young front man shortly after he made his international debut.

“He’s a strong boy and he knows where the goal is,” the defender said. “Give him half a chance and he’ll score. I think that he has got a bright future. He just needs to keep his head on his shoulders and let his football do the talking and I’m sure he’s going to do that. I wish him all the best.”

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