Those with any ounce of familiarity with football will have become well accustomed to Harry Redknapp’s hyperactivity in the transfer market. With three days left before the current January window closes it looks as if the QPR manager will be busy again.
Redknapp has openly stated that more players need to come in atLoftus Road if QPR are to stand any chance of retraining their Premiership status. Over the last few days Redknapp has been in hot pursuit of West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie. So far the west midlands club have rejected two of QPR’s bids for the player, causing Odemwingie to vent his anger on a well known social networking site.
It is likely that QPR won’t give up easily, especially going by owner Tony Fernandes’ heavy involvement in securing the deal for Loic Remy. However, if WBA’s stubbornness continues it has been rumoured that the London club have a contingency plan in the form of striker Kim Shin Wook.
In his home nation he has been dubbed as the ‘Korean Peter Crouch’ and Ulsan fans refer to him fondly as ‘Our Giant.’ Peter Crouch was of course a fan favourite as a teenager at QPR, but Shin Wook’s goal scoring record pales in significance to that of the former England forward. In 115 games for Ulsan Shin Wook has only managed a return of 33 goals. At international level he has under half the caps of Sunderland’s Ji’Don Wong, and last season was outscored by Middlesboro’s Lee Dong Gook, two players that haven’t exactly set English football alight.
Not much is known about the lanky 24 year old Korean who started his career as a centre back, due to his abnormal height. However, by all accounts my research has led me to discover that he is quite the player on ‘FIFA 2013.’ I encountered several forums for the popular football video game that hailed Ulsan Shin Wook as one of the best strikers on the game. One gamer went as far as to quote, “Absolutely incredible. This man is a monster, I’ve played over 300 games with him and I can say he’s the best I've ever had.”
“Pace: feels like 80, perhaps due to being paired with his strength, this man just runs through defenders, if he can’t get around, that is.”
“Dribbling: okayish, better than most target men, far better than what you’d expect from the 6'5 giant, but still not excellent. He does turn very well though and rarely kicks the ball too far away from his feet.”
“Shooting: Wow. Just Wow. need a shot inside the box... BLAM. the opponent just got Wook'd.”
A computer game is obviously not the ideal scouting report for a potential signing, but players have been purchased after being watched on ‘Youtube’ before. It is also known that Tony Fernandes is a fan of FIFA after playing the game with Loic Remy during extensive unorthodox negations with the player. If Kim Shin Wook were to sign for QPR he would be the third South Korean to join the club, following Sun Ji Park and the imminent arrival of left back Yun Suk-Young.
Regardless of the players football credentials it would mark a shrewd marketing move for QPR. The arrival of Park alone in the summer has seen an influx of Korean’s visiting Loftus Roadon a Saturday afternoon. With three South Korean’s on their books QPR would close to rivaling Manchester United’s stranglehold on the far eastern market.
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