Liverpool Transfer News: Ki Sung-Yeung Would Be Solid Signing for Reds

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Ki Sung Yeung of Celtic is tackled by Geoffray Serey Die of FC Sion during the UEFA Europa League qualifying round, first leg match between Celtic and FC Sion at Celtic Park on August 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2012

Ki Sung-Yeung would look good with "Standard Chartered" slapped across his chest.

The Celtic midfielder is thought to be generating a lot of interest around Europe for his services, but according to David Friel of The Sun, Liverpool are prepared to launch a £7 million bid to attain him.

SunSport understands new Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers has the South Korean high on his wishlist of summer signing targets.

But he faces a fight to land the Parkhead midfield star, with clubs across Europe showing interest in Ki.

SunSport can reveal QPR, Rubin Kazan and Deportivo La Coruna are all keen to land the 23-year-old. There is also strong interest in Ki from Germany with several Bundesliga clubs monitoring his situation but Liverpool lead the way.

Sung-Yeung is an incisive, creative passer who would give Anfield a crafty playmaker. The South Korean international was dubbed the "Korean Steven Gerrard" in his early playing days, so yeah, he would fit right in with Liverpool.

While Sung-Yeung will probably never match the goal-scoring prowess of Gerrard in his prime, his ball control and pace make him lethal on the attack as a facilitator.

Not that Sung-Yeung won't find the net—he notched seven tallies for Celtic in 37 appearances across all competitions last season, and his upside is probably 10-15 goals a season in his prime. But he'll never put the same fear into goalkeeper's hearts that the deep-striking Gerrard often did.

He's also more likely to settle in the attacking areas and double back on defense less often than Gerrard, but Liverpool fans will forgive that if he assists on a fair share of goals and controls the game in the offensive third.

If Liverpool manage to land Ki Sung-Yeung—and he suitably adjusts to the quality of Premier League play—he could be one of the best values in the transfer period.


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