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Celtic: Postecoglou plotting Gue-sung Cho swoop

Scottish champions Celtic are reportedly eyeing a move for Jeonbuk striker, Gue-sung Cho, with manager Ange Postecoglou keen to bolster his attacking options.

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According to the Scottish Sun, the Parkhead outfit are said to have ‘joined the race’ for the South Korean international’s signature, with the Hoops said to be one of ‘several’ clubs across Europe who are keeping tabs on his progress.

The report suggests that the 24-year-old is someone whom Postecoglou will know all about having scored against the Aussie’s Yokohama F. Marinos side in an Asian Champions League clash back in February 2020.

As per the report, the latest suggestion is that the Glasgow side are eyeing a new centre-forward in January, with that search potentially set to be intensified amid the uncertainty surrounding Giorgos Giakoumakis’ future with the Old Firm side.

Cho is ‘shining’ at the World Cup

It looks as if the Bhoys’ title-winning coach could well tap into the Asian market once again, with the 57-year-old having enjoyed notable success with securing the likes of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi from Japan in his tenure thus far.

Adding Cho into the mix could well be the prolific figure that the Scottish Premiership side are in need of, with the 6 foot 2 ace having notably scored 21 goals in just 35 games during the latest K-League campaign.

The impressive forward – who boasts a total club career tally of 51 goals in just 136 games in all competitions – has also showcased his talent on the international stage of late, having been “shining” at the World Cup thus far, in the words of journalist Jason Lee.

The former FC Anyang man was particularly impressive in his nation’s eventual 3-2 defeat to Ghana in their second group game, having scored twice to help drag his side level after the break, only for the highly-coveted Mohammed Kudus to seal the points for the Black Stars late on.

While that brace ultimately came in vain, it proved a real marker of the striker’s potent finishing prowess, having first produced a stunning glancing header to reduce the deficit, before powering in at the back post with another impressive header to equalise.

That display – which saw the dynamic asset record a remarkable 8.3 match rating, as per Sofascore – also showcased Cho’s all-round quality, as he notably won six aerial duels and won three fouls for his side, while also recording four shots on target as a sign of willingness to make an impact.

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That involvement also ensures that the £1.2m-rated man now has six goals in just 18 appearances for his country at senior level, having seemingly proven himself as a truly ruthless presence for both his national side and for his club in his career so far.

On the evidence of that latest showing, Celtic could well have a real gem on their hands if they can wrap up a deal in the near future.