CELTIC are awaiting the £3million green light in their bid for South Korean World Cup striker Cho Gue-sung.
Ange Postecoglou will step up the champions’ interest in the towering frontman to take the place of Giorgos Giakoumakis who clearly looks to be on the move from Parkhead, as CQN reported earlier today.
The Hoops have made a £2.7million offer for Cho to his club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, but may have have to top up their initial bid to land the 23-year-old attacker.
The 6ft-plus marksman was first identified following his exploits for his country during the soccer showpiece in Qatar. Those impressive performances also caught the eye of German club Mainz.
HIGH HOPES…Celtic target Cho Gue-sung in action for South Korea during the World Cup Finals in Qatar.
However, reports in Germany indicate the Bundesliga club have cooled their interest in the player after concerns over the financial package.
That could open the door for an enhanced bid from the champions. The Hoops hierarchy are keen to push negotiations along with the South Koreans while former Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung is handling the club’s affairs, according to the Daily Mail.
Celtic have already signed three recruits in this window with J-League centre-back Yuki Kobayashi first to agree to a switch from Vissel Kobe where he was a team-mate of Parkhead fans’ favourite Kyogo Furuhashi.
Canada World Cup right-back Alistair Johnston was next to sign up when his MLS outfit CF Montreal accepted a £3.5million offer for their 24-year-old star defender.
Defensive midfielder Tomaki Iwata completed the hat-trick when he agreed an initial short-term loan which will be made permanent in the summer.
The Japanese top flight’s Player of the Year is believed to be joining on a £1million five-year move from Yokohoma F Marinos.