Manager confirms Celtic target is in transfer talks

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Celtic are expected to make additions to their squad in the January transfer window after an underwhelming first half of the season and an even more disappointing run of form over the past month or so. So, fans are hoping that some players arrive next month who can come in and make an impact immediately.

Celtic have signed three players from the K-League this year. The moves have not really worked out so far though.

Oh Hyeon-gyu has remained the cover striker throughout and while he has potential, he is yet to find the consistency required to be the main centre-forward for Celtic. Yang Hyun-jun has got some chances and shown flashes of quality but overall, he is not quite ready yet. And Kwon Hyeok-kyu has not played a single minute of football since his summer arrival.

That does not seem to be stopping Celtic from scouting K-League players though. Jung Ho-Yeon could become the next South Korean player to join the club.

Manager confirms Celtic target is in transfer talks

As reported by the Daily Record, when asked about interest from Celtic, Gwangju FC boss Lee Jung-Hyo told Donga:

"Jung Ho-Yeon is currently in talks to advance to Europe from Gwangju, but still have a long way to go. If you go to Europe now, you are bound to end up in a clumsy situation. It is wise to prepare well like Cho Gue-sung (who signed for Midtjylland last summer) and choose the team and league well."

Jung is a 23-year-old midfielder, who has been an integral part of Gwangju FC's team in recent times as they finished third in the K-League. It remains to be seen if a move to Celtic ends up materialising or not. The links have existed for quite some time now.

Interestingly, Cho Gue-sung is another player Celtic were linked with. He had risen to prominence while representing South Korea at the 2022 World Cup. But a move to Parkhead did not materialise and they ended up signing Oh instead.

Cho did end up moving in the summer, as he joined FC Midtjylland. So far, he has been doing pretty well for the Danish club as well.