After the sale of Joe Allen to Liverpool, Swansea have been in need of a central midfielder although this wasn't evident during Saturday's 5-0 win Queens Park Rangers. Sung-Yeung will become Laudrup's seventh signing of the summer as the Swans look to build on last season's impressive first season in the Premier League.
The South Korean has also been a target for the side Swansea beat so convincingly at the weekend, QPR as well as Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and league new-boys, Reading. German clubs Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund have also said to have shown an interest while Russian side Rubin Kazan have also been keeping tabs on the player. Clearly he is in-demand. Swansea are the favourites for his signature though and all that stands in the way of the Welsh club securing the services of the Olympic Bronze medalist is the two parties agreeing personal terms.
Sung-Yeung joined Celtic in 2010 for £2.1 million from FC Seoul and went on to make a total of 66 appearances in the Scottish Premier League, scoring nine goals- six of these goals came last season as Celtic beat crisis-hit to the SPL title so you could say Swansea are signing him at the right time.
At the age of 23, the midfielder is one with a certain amount of experience - he is three caps short of half a century of caps for his country and has scored five international goals. Sung-Yeung also has experience of playing in the Champions League - albeit a group stage play-off match, a game which Celtic lost 3-0 to Portuguese outfit Braga.
In 2011, Sung-Yeung helped win the Scottish Cup after his 35-yard screamer sent the Hoops on their way to a 3-0 win over Motherwell, he was also named the man-of-the-match for an outstanding display which also helped him be named the South Korean Player of the Year. A year later, he added a Scottish championship medal which was soon followed by the bronze he won in London.
The SPL is likely to become even more non-competitive after the Rangers fiasco and Sung-Yeung is obviously eager for a new challenge. Since playing at the Olympics for South Korea, the midfielder has not returned to Scotland and Celtic have confirmed that he will not be traveling to Helsingborg for the first-leg of their Champions League qualifier tonight.
Are the Swansea fans excited about the classy playmaker's impending arrival to the Liberty Stadium?
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