Wednesday, 22 June 2011

City submit offer for Korean striker

Sven Goran Eriksson has made a move to try and lure North Korean striker Chong Tese to the Walkers Stadium.

Chong - whose name follows Far Eastern naming conventions and is also Anglicised as Jong Tae-Se - currently plies his trade at Bundesliga.2 outfit VfL Bochum and, according to Nikkan Sports, Leicester City have made a bid of approximately €700,000 for the player.

The 27-year-old - nicknamed 'The People's Rooney' in his native North Korea - played for four years at Kawasaki Frontale and scored an impressive 47 times in 112 appearances and, after a trial with Blackburn Rovers, he moved to Germany last season where he scored 10 goals in 25 games. However, he was hampered by injury last season and is currently in Japan having undergone knee surgery last week.

Born in Japan to South Korean parents, Chong controversially obtained a North Korean passport directly from that state's embassy in Tokyo. The South Korean government's rules do not allow a citizen to hold dual citizenship with North Korea, a state not recognised in South Korean law.

VfL Bochum have rejected Leicester's bid for Chong, their president stating that they dismissed the Foxes' offer as being under their valuation of the striker. Negotiations continue.

Edited 25/06/2011 23:38
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