August 23, 2012 10:40
The Middle East may be the next destination for Arsenal striker Park Chu-young. The National, an English newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, reported on Wednesday that Al Ain FC is in contact with the Arsenal striker as well as Brazilian midfielder Michel Bastos of Olympic Lyon.
Another English-language paper in the region, the Gulf News, said that the UAE club hopes to have agreed terms by Sept. 15, when it plays Al Jazira in a Super Cup match.
Al Ain reportedly sees Park as a means of shoring up its attacking line. Another attraction is that Korean players have settled in well in the Middle Eastern leagues, especially Lee Jung-soo at Al Sadd.
There is slim chance that Park will stay with Arsenal in the English Premier League as Gunners' Manager Arsene Wenger has already declared that he will not use Park this season. Although the player has expressed his desire to stay in Europe, it is unclear whether his wish will be fulfilled. Teams in Spain, England and Germany are said to have expressed interest, but there is no news of concrete negotiations.
Yun Suk-young, who performed admirably as a defender for Korea's Olympic team in London, may have a better shot of spending this season in the EPL as Tottenham is apparently interested in signing him. Spurs' scouts kept close tabs on Yun during the recently ended Olympics, and new Tottenham Manager Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly praised his skills.
Other teams in the league including West Brom and Everton are also said to be interested in courting him. But Yun's current club, Chunnam Dragons in the K-League, is trying to persuade him to finish up the season before heading overseas at the end of the year.
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