Sunderland sign Ji Dong-Won

South Korea international Ji Dong-Won who has signed for Sunderland.
South Korea international Ji Dong-Won who has signed for Sunderland.
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SUNDERLAND have confirmed the signing of South Korean international striker Ji Dong-Won from K-League side Chunnam Dragons.

The 20-year-old signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light for an undisclosed fee.

Dong-Won has scored six goals in 11 appearances for South Korea and came to the fore in his country’s run to the 2011 Asia Cup semi-finals in January.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said: “The boy has been in fantastic form for both club and country and he was one of South Korea’s stand-out performers at the Asian Cup so we are delighted to bring him to Sunderland.

“The Barclays Premier League is very different to the K-League so there is hard work ahead but you just have to look at players like Park Ji-Sung and Lee Chung-Yong to see how well Korean players are adapting to its pace and physicality.”

The 6ft 1½ striker began his career with Gwangyang Jecheol High School and had a trial spell with Reading during the 2007/08 season before returning to Asia and sealing a move to the Dragons in 2010.