Another up-and-coming K-League star may be migrating to the English Premier League. Chunnam Dragons announced on Thursday that they reached a transfer deal with Queens Park Rangers for defender Yun Suk-young.
Yun, who is currently training in Thailand, is due to fly to London soon for a medical and sign a contract if he is deemed fit, the Korean club said in a press release. Details have not been disclosed.
If the deal goes smoothly, he will have Park Ji-sung as a teammate.
Yun would also become the 11th Korean player in the prestigious league. Although Lee Young-pyo, Seol Ki-hyeon, Lee Dong-gook, Kim Do-heon, Cho Won-hee, Ji Dong-won and Park Chu-young have since moved on to different pastures, Park Ji-sung, Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers) and Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea) are still active in the league.
Yun is being touted as the successor of Lee Young-pyo, the veteran fullback who made a name for himself during the 2002 World Cup and who subsequently played for big-name clubs like the EPL's Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.
Standing 182 cm tall and weighing 75 kg, Yun is also a menace as a defensive left wing. He dreamed of becoming a professional footballer after watching the 2002 World Cup, when Korea -- a co-host along with Japan -- rewrote history by racing into the semifinals.
Yun picked up the sport in elementary school and quickly made a name for himself with his quick feet and accurate passing.
"It is a good sign that he's heading to the EPL during the January transfer window, when teams tend to look for players who can immediately jump into action. Given QPR's poor performance this season and Yun's level of skill, I'm confident he'll do well in England," said Park Moon-sung, a commentator for SBS ESPN.