Jung-hwan eyes England move
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Duisburg striker Ahn Jung-hwan could be heading to England and The Premiership.
Duisburg striker Ahn Jung-hwan could be heading to England, contrary to reports that have suggested he is on his way to Hearts.
The South Korea international, who will be part of his country's squad for World Cup, is a wanted man following Duisburg's relegation that triggered a stipulation in his contract that allows him to leave for £500,000.
Hearts have had talks with the player's representative, Tom Sanders, and had looked to have been in the driving seat but he has now confirmed that the possibility of a move to England is very much in the pipeline.
''The situation is the same with Hearts,'' Sanders told skysports.com.
''I spoke to them two weeks ago but there is still no permanent manager, so nothing has changed.
''There are three clubs in England who are willing to pay the fee, with one of them very keen on the deal.
''Ahn is very keen on a move to England and would obviously love to play in The Premiership.
''But in The Championship there are massive clubs too, like Leeds and Sunderland, so you can't rule anything out.
''Then there are the promoted clubs too, Sheffield United, Watford and Reading - so there are plenty of options.
''I may be in England this week to try and sort something out but as ever, things are a little behind in England.
''He could stay in Germany but he is eager to try something new, with England and Scotland his preferred destination.''
With Jung-hwan set to play in the World Cup, Sanders concedes that a deal may not be struck before the player returns from Germany.
''Ahn will be playing in the World Cup so obviously other clubs will be looking at him there,'' he added.
''He is eager not to rush his decision and wants to get it right in the summer.''
Jung-hwan has proven an accomplished performer during his time in the Bundesliga and at £500,000 should not be short of suitors in the close-season.