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Celtic make contact over Cho Gue-sung signing

Scottish champions Celtic could well be eyeing a fourth January arrival, following a recent update regarding the Parkhead outfit’s interest in Jeonbuk striker, Cho Gue-sung.

What’s the word?

According to the player’s agent – as per Korean outlet, Naver Sports – the Hoops have been “discussing” a move for the 24-year-old in recent times, with the Old Firm giants believed to have lodged an offer for the striker.

The report itself notes, however, that the Glasgow side’s bid ‘did not meet’ the expectations of the K-League outfit, with the forward’s current club said to be demanding roughly £2.2m if they are to sanction a sale.

The piece also notes that the 6 foot 2 ace is showing a ‘strong desire’ to move abroad in the near future, be it this month or during the summer window.

As noted above, Ange Postecoglou’s side have already acted swiftly to secure the signings of three new faces this winter, with the latest of those having been the acquisition of Japanese utility man Tomoki Iwata from Yokohama F.Marinos.

Imagine him and Kyogo

The Bhoys appear to be keen on strengthing their attacking ranks before the window is out, with Greek marksman Giorgos Giakoumakis still facing an uncertain future with the Scottish Premiership outfit.

While the 28-year-old could be set for pastures new, teammate Kyogo Furuhashi is currently thriving through the middle, with the diminutive ace leading the goalscoring charts in the division with 15 goals in just 18 appearances this season.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a particularly impressive hot streak since the return to action following the World Cup break, having scored five goals in his last four top-flight outings, including a late equaliser in the recent derby draw with Rangers.

That latest showing illustrated that the former Vissel Kobe ace – who can also feature on the flanks – could well work in tandem with another more physical forward, having partnered Giakoumakis in the closing stages with the visitors chasing a goal at Ibrox.

As such, there could well be the chance to deploy Kyogo alongside the aforementioned Cho in attack together were the latter man to be signed in the near future, with the South Korea international offering a real focal point when leading the line.

That was evidenced by the 20-cap gem’s recent headed brace for his country in the eventual defeat to Ghana in Qatar back in November, with that double having seen him praised by journalist Pete O’Rourke, who stated:

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“He’s a physical player as well, he can score goals from aerial areas, and I think he’s definitely proven to be a real handful for defenders.“

The towering ace is also an “incredible” goalscoring asset in his own right – as lauded by journalist Jason Lee – having scored 16 goals in just 45 games for his current side, as well as 21 goals in just 51 games while on loan at Gimcheon Sangmu.

Having such a prolific and imposing presence in attack alongside Kyogo could well prove to be a match made in heaven as far as Postecoglou is concerned, with it easy to imagine the devastating impact that the duo could have in Scottish football.