Last week saw Sunderland flog their flop forward Ji Dong-Won to German outfit FC Augsburg for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old signed for The Black Cats in 2011 as one of his country’s hottest talents on a three-year-deal - that was due to expire in the summer.
Despite a memorable last minute winner against Manchester City on New Year’s Day 2012 - that was one of just two goals he scored for the club in his disappointing spell on Wearside.
Last season however he was given the chance to impress on loan - and joined Bundesliga relegation scrappers FC Augsburg on a six month loan deal.
He became an instant hit at the struggling outfit - scoring five goals in 17 games but putting in excellent performances that helped stave off relegation for the Bavarian club.
His form was such that German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund considered him in the summer - and again this winter as one potential replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski.
After another depressing six months with Sunderland Ji wanted a move this winter window - and he got his wish.
It was announced that Augsburg had signed their man for an undisclosed fee and duration. Then just 24 hours later … this happened:
"Dong-Won Ji is a professional who is used on the offensive in several positions. We are pleased to be able to undertake this talented player on a free transfer to the new season."
Borussia Dortmund announced on their official site the signing of Ji on a four-year deal starting on the 1st July 2014 - despite him signing for Augsburg just 24 hours earlier.
He will remain at the Bavarian club until the end of the season - before moving to Signal Iduna Park and attempting to take Lewandowski’s place up top for Die Schwarzgelben.
And today he had a memorable debut for his new team - scoring a late equaliser … against Borussia Dortmund.
He denied the team he will be signing for in June all three points with his 72nd minute strike - just two minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Now that is one hell of a way to start your career with your new team, against your future team.
Should Sunderland have kept hold of Ji?
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