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Pompey line up Korean striker

The agent of Korean international Cho Jae-Jin has recently claimed plenty of interest in his client from top flight clubs in England - apparently he was set for a move to Newcastle last week, but this fell through, now a move to Pompey has 'allegedly' been 'agreed in principle'...

A 'mystery unknown source' has told Korean Daily Sports Chosun that the 26 year old free agent - having come to the end of his contract with Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse - will arrive at the club this weekend to finalise his move: 'Portsmouth and Cho Jae-Jin's management team have agreed the transfer in principle and Cho's agent is talking to the club to finalise the details.

'Cho will arrive in England this weekend to talk with Portsmouth'.

Interest in the striker has apparently grown over the past 6 months or so with FC Utrecht, Ajax and West Ham among many European clubs said to have shown an interest.

He has a strike rate of almost 1 in 2 in Japan, which is not bad, but with all due to respect to the football in that country I would not expect the standard to be as high as it is in Europe, he has scored 8 in 29 - or 10 in 39, depending on where you read this information - at international level.

The commercial benefits of such a deal could also work in Pompey's favour?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 5 2008

Time: 10:23AM

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if we get him, then one would hope it would improve our karrean fan base, with clubsike west ham and ajax looking at him, he cant be bad - and the worst that can happen is for us to pay his wages for half a season - why not?
pompeycarpet
I think you are right Rug it is hard to see a Korean being very prolific in our league, look at Sun Ji Hi for example. The thing that makes this one a real possibility for me is the your acute observation about the commercial interest . Given the massive interest in the Prem through out Asia i imagine OKI would be delighted to have a local hero playing for its international publicity vehicle. Can you imagine it...Jae-Jin scores in the semi final of the FA cup! the cheer in the OKi board room might even drown out that at fratton
russellm
football is a business isnt it... tapping into the world markets - and asia is a huge one to tap into isnt it - is what is it also about, we tried it before with yoshi and altho things didnt really work out for him - on the whole - on the pitch commercially we did ok, we would do ok here too... i reckon that he could do well, he wouldnt be the striker that i think we need, but we could be onto a win win situation here?
pompeyrug
The main issue is who goes to fund him, if he is playing in japan due to sponsor money the J League players are on very big money. personally i would not want to see Nugent or Taylor sacrificed for this guy. I tale the point about Yoshi, i understand Storrie was in tears when he left
russellm
Sounds all a bit extreme. The premiership is that unique & the risks taken have to very calculated.
storagematt
trying for the third time, seem to have probs submitting on the front page.....WHO?
pompey4me
Can you really seeing him be better then nugent, i cant, he plays in the japanese league, which is a poor league. and has a 1 in 4 record for korea, so I dont think he will be better then nuge, plus, are we lowering our sights from defoe and bent, for this dude.
PompeyGleamer
i'd say 'different' to nuge... anyone that can play 20 plus games for the country, with a record of about 1 in 4 cant be bad can they... granted i will agree that he isnt the striker we were 'hoping for' or even 'expecting' but as much as i would like crouchy or defoe i think ive accepted that they wont be coming - nor will a 'high profile' or 'big money' striker signing...
pompeyrug
are things ok now p4me? ive heard of the fella and his reputation has grown recently - he had been close to a move to europe back along, but decided to see out his contract in japan.
pompeyrug
Pompeygleamer i think there is now little doubt we cant afford Defoe or Bent and remember Defoe only wants to go to a big four club and Bent does not want to leave. I would prefer Lita if we could keep him off the beer, as ai said before we need to buy get Lita, send him on a toilet nicking streak with Glen J, then he can get to be the 2nd most improved player we have
russellm
i am warming to lita, and he is alot better then this korean dude, i think lita will come, swap deal, matty for lita will be a ok in my books.
PompeyGleamer
yep i do like the idea of lita - and as russ can back me up, even during the u21's last summer, as much as i like nuge i had said i would have rather we signed lita, who at that time was looking the dogs - but in all fairness to cho jae-jin can you really say with any degree of certainty that lita is 'better then this korean dude'... maybe he is, but i would be surprised if too many of us can say the fella isnt any good, as i doubt many of us have seen anywhere near enough of him to know this for sure...
pompeyrug
Yep i can Rug, you thought Lita would better suit pompey, i didn't agree not realising that harry would buy a player he didn't like. I not convinced we can do a Matty /Lita swap, we need the centre left midfield quality supported. I worry the Nugent / Lita swap deal maybe on. Our Harry is most definetly not immune to a knee jerk action we all know that.
russellm
Rug it takes players sometimes two seasons to get to Prem speed, however that commercial intrest is very very influential. I am Fuqing deeelighted to see i may be wrong about D'Allessandro and that he would consider a move back, my boy is scanning the net, TPS and Canal + sports in france and spain
russellm
If this bloke is anything like Lee Dong Gook then Pompey can ***** off. Apart from Ono and Nakata, I've never seen a great Asian player.
stillthewhizz
nugent/lita dal has been denied - but the taylo/lita deal hasnt...
pompeycarpet
...still dont think we will see the return of d'Alesandro though
pompeycarpet
Didn't we sue Nagasaki over Kawaguchi a while back, the supposed spin offs from the Asian market never materialised back then so what is different now?
paultsmouth
Looks like this guy is the solution to your home scoring troubles... NOT.
KatieDawson
we need to so something radical at home...but this wouldnt actually help, other than from a commercial point of view
pompeycarpet
PC, yes try scoring goals, that one usually works!
KatieDawson
i MEANT that in order to score goals, then we need to try something radical...as our mundane aproach of passing it around for a while, nthen getting bored and hoofing it up the pitch doesnt really work that well...but i guess i wasnt that clear...
pompeycarpet
hes a free agent, so dont discount this.
jbaker
Must admit that that I've never ever heard of this bloke and I can see the 'pull' of the commercial interest, but commercial interest or not surely the point has to be whether he can do a job for us not whether he can become a token icon just to sell some shirts in Korea... I'm all for radical but if we end up with another Yoshi then I'm not sure we should go there ... It's an intersting proposition lets see how it develops ..
Chix
well said chix
jbaker
I know plenty about Cho, and I would say bad move. He's slow and overrated. There are 15-20 Korean players I would rate as more likely to do well in Europe. But the most talented young Koreans get kept at their clubs until they're ruined. Korean agents are crap, except for helping the clubs they deal with to hang onto their best players and hype up the likes of Lee Dong-gook. He's been basically knackered with bad knees since 2000. He's a natural finisher, but that's not much use when you can't run. Cho is several levels inferior.
fivesilver
how do you know much about koreans fiveilver.
PompeyGleamer
Had involvement in the game over there for a good while.
fivesilver
You could say it was part of his 'Korea', HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Lysimachus
i should do stand up
Lysimachus
dont laugh at ur own jokes. but good one (y).
jbaker
dont trust mystery unkown sources. (willie mackay)
jbaker
we shouldn't buy any player just for commerical reasons
pompeyboy
 

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