Celtic 'advance' in Jung Ho-Yeon transfer talks but Gwangju midfielder warned against 'clumsy situation'

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The 2023 K-League rookie of the year could become the latest player to leave South Korea for Glasgow's east end

Jung Ho-Yeon has held "advanced" talks with Celtic over a possible January transfer but has been warned he could find himself in a "clumsy situation" in the Scottish Premiership, according to Gwangju manager Lee Jung-Hyo.

The Hoops were first alerted to the 2023 K-League Rookie of the Year earlier this season before manager Brendan Rodgers intimated his desire to add experience and quality to his side when the winter window opens next month.

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The promising South Korean midfielder wouldn't necessarily fit the type of player Rodgers is looking to bring to the club, but the 23-year-old has proved to be a shining light in his second full season in K-League 1 after helping Gwangju clinch promotion last term.


Celtic already have a strong contingent of Korean players among their first-team ranks, including trio Oh Hyeon-gyu, Yang Hyun-jun and Kwon Hyeok-kyu who all made the move across from the Middle East in recent transfer windows but are NOT regarded a regular starters.

And the Parkhead side are claimed to have been keeping tabs on Ho-Yeon after Gwangju boss Jung-Hyo was quizzed about their interest, having previously stated he wasn't good enough to play for Celtic.

Speaking to local outlet Donga, he said: "Jung Hy-Yeon is currently in talks to advance to Europe from Gwangju, but still have a long way to go. If you go to Europe now, you are bound to end up in a clumsy situation. It is wise to prepare well like Cho Gue-Sung (signed for FC Midtjylland last summer) and choose the team and league well."

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The player insists he is edging towards a move and even namechecked Celtic as he detailed the number of teams scouting him in his homeland. He told Chosun: "A move into Europe is slowly getting closer. During the last season, scouts from some European clubs, including Celtic, came to see me play in person."

He continued: "If I could choose a league, I want to play in the Spanish LaLiga. From an early age, I loved FC Barcelona's style of football."

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