Sunderland sign young Korean

Sunderland have won the race to sign Korean Ji Dong-Won, beating Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and Bundesliga outfit Schalke to his signature.The striker’s K-League club, the Chunnam Dragons, said a fee believed to be more than two million pounds had been agreed with the English Premier League side.

Ji, 20, who scored four goals at the Asian Cup in January, is set to sign a three-year deal with the club if he passes a medical after Korea’s Olympic qualifier against Jordan on Thursday.

Chunnam president Yoon Jong-Ho confirmed an agreement had been reached with Sunderland.

“I received the final proposal from the English team on Monday with a transfer fee satisfying enough for us to release Ji,” he told Yonhap News.

It would not be Ji’s first spell in England, having spent time with Championship outfit Reading during his youth career.

He would add to Steve Bruce’s depleted attacking stocks after Danny Welbeck’s loan spell at the Stadium of Light ended and he returned to Manchester United.

Eredivisie side PSV were also looking to sign the Korean and Ji told Yonhap News last week he was considering his options.

“My team and agent are still negotiating closely. I personally want to play for the best team I can and where I can get more chances to play,” he said.

“Eindhoven is a great club that often tops the league. However, I heard that the Dutch league is not like the old days.”

“Sunderland is a mid-level team, so there is always change in the squad, but they are playing on the big stage called the Premier League.”