Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: United Line Up Korean; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: United Line Up Korean; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

SOUTH Korean international Cho Jae-jin is hoping to complete a transfer to Newcastle United next week after travelling to the North-East in an attempt to realise his Premier League dreams.

The Shimizu S-Pulse striker has come to Sam Allardyce's attention and a manager seeking striking cover is understood to be considering adding the 26-year-old to his first-team squad.

St James's Park officials have made no comment on the matter but Asian sources last night insisted that a deal is at an advanced stage.

Cho is believed to have arrived in the UK and The Journal understands that the J-League favourite is scheduled to undergo a medical on Tyneside this morning.

Having resigned himself to losing Obafemi Martins for a significant period during the forthcoming African Nations Cup, Allardyce is keen to increase his striking options.

That he appears so keen to add Cho (pictured right) to his squad will raise questions about Shola Ameobi's future at St James's Park.

The former England Under-21 international has not made a Premier League appearance since September 17 and is a target for Bolton Wanderers.

Should he complete Cho's signing, Newcastle's manager isn't expected to oppose Ameobi's sale as he attempts to raise funds for the further acquisitions he feels are required to ensure an improvement in fortune. Cho's Japanese employers are resigned to losing their star forward having received several enquiries from European clubs.

The in-demand six-footer has rejected the chance to join FC Utrecht, having set his heart on continuing his career in the Premier League.

Fulham had been the favourites to land a player capped 55 times before Lawrie Sanchez's sacking last week. West Ham have expressed an interest, but it appears St James's Park is his preferred destination. …

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