National team manager Hong Myung-bo will leave for England on Friday to meet with Arsenal striker Park Chu-young and Sunderland midfielder Ki Sung-yueng as he mulls players for his starting 11 ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Korea Football Association announced on Wednesday that Hong will be in England this weekend to cast a watchful eye on players in the English Premier League and Championship.
In August, he visited Germany to check on the progress of three Bundesliga players: Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung-min, VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Koo Ja-cheol and FSV Mainz 05 left-back Park Joo-ho.
There are several Korean players in the English leagues, but most attention is being fastened on Park and Ki. The former was hoping to leave the Gunners before the transfer window closed due to his frustration at warming the bench, but was unable to find a new team. Meanwhile, on-loan Ki hopes to prove his worth during his stay with the Black Cats after a sub-par season with Swansea City.
Hong will also monitor Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won, Cardiff City's attacking midfielder Kim Bo-kyung, Bolton Wanderers winger Lee Chung-yong and QPR left-back Yun Suk-young.
The manager will return to Korea on Sept. 23.