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Pompey line up Korean striker

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
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
05/01/2008 11:01:00
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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
05/01/2008 11:15:00
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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
05/01/2008 11:26:00
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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
05/01/2008 11:56:00
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Sounds all a bit extreme. The premiership is that unique & the risks taken have to very calculated.
storagematt
05/01/2008 12:00:00
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trying for the third time, seem to have probs submitting on the front page.....WHO?
pompey4me
05/01/2008 12:06:00
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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
05/01/2008 12:09:00
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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
05/01/2008 12:15:00
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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
05/01/2008 12:16:00
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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
05/01/2008 12:19:00
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