Cho Gue-sung to sign for English Championship side Watford following previous Celtic interest

South Korean striker Cho Gue-sung is set to sign for English Championship side Watford it is being reported. The former Celtic target is going to get his move to Britain after all it would seem, following reputed interest in his services from the Parkhead outfit in the January transfer window of this year.

South Korea’s forward #09 Cho Gue-sung reacts to a missed chance during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and South Korea at Stadium 974 in Doha on December 5, 2022.  (Photo by PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP via Getty Images)

There was a spate of reports during the World Cup in Qatar that Ange Postecoglou had been keeping a close eye on the forward, and this heightened when he scored a brace at the tournament in the Middle East in the group stages against Ghana.

However, the interest never came to more than that, with the Hoops preferring to opt for his countryman Hyeon-gyu Oh who has subsequently settled into life quite nicely in the aftermath of his move from Samsung Suwon Bluewings in the K-League midway through the last campaign.

South Korea’s forward #09 Cho Gue-sung celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Ghana at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha, on November 28, 2022. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

The fee being reported is somewhere between £3-6 million and the reports are stating that the negotiations between the English Championship side and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will continue after the current international break, in order for the two clubs to come to a final arrangement over the fee.

Cho looked like a really good option for any team needing a physical presence and profile up top, along with the ability to find the net on top of his obvious physical attributes. Ange decided to go for his younger compatriot to replace the departing Greek international Giorgos Giakoumakis and it has paid off so far, with plenty more to come from the young Korean attacker who has bags of potential.

Paul Gillespie


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