CELTIC target Cho Gue-sung has revealed his ultimate goal.

The South Korean striker is a wanted man following his impressive performances for his country during the World Cup Finals in Qatar.

The Hoops chiefs have been in London this week in negotiations with Cho’s representatives of K-League outfit Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

MLS outfit Minnesota United and Bundesliga side Mainz have made contact with the club while Rangers have also been reported to be monitoring his situation.

UP IN THE AIR…the future of Celtic target Cho Gue-sung’s immediate future is unclear.

The Hoops are reckoned to be offering £3million plus a whopping 50 per cent of any profit on a sell-on fee for the towering 24-year-old hitman.

The in-demand forward, speaking to local media outlet Naver, said: “I’m contemplating the timing of a European transfer while talking and communicating with director Park Ji-sung and coach Kim Sang-shik. I’ve seen many articles, but I haven’t heard anything concrete yet.

“Not only me, but any player will have the same desire to go to Europe as soon as a good opportunity comes. It can be improved. Considering all aspects, we are thinking about how to do it most effectively.”

Cho added: “There are players who have to advance now within the team regarding the timing of the transfer and there are players who have to prepare for the season together with the squad in the summer. They are all so different.

“In the end, I think that if you are a player, you set your final goal and go. All players will want to go to the EPL.”

UP IN THE AIR…Giorgos Giakoumakis scores the first of his eight goals this season with an acrobatic effort to seal Celtic’s 5-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in August.

While Cho stalls on making a massive career decision, Giorgos Giakoumakis will have to remain patient in his quest to leave the champions.

The Greek striker, who has knocked back an enhanced new deal, is still a key player in Ange Postecoglou’s squad although he has not started a game since November 5 when the Hoops beat Dundee United 4-2 at Parkhead.

However, Giakoumakis has made eight successive substtute appearances since that match and is seen as crucial back-up to main man Kyogo Furuhashi.

The champions will be in no rush to part with the 28-year-old powerhouse until a replacement has been signed.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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