Transfer news

Augsburg eye Ji

November 20, 2012
By Kristan Heneage

German side Augsburg are reportedly interested in bringing Sunderland's South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won to the club on loan.

Ji Dong Won has not broken into Martin O'Neill's Sunderland side
GettyImagesJi Dong Won has not broken into Martin O'Neill's Sunderland side

Ji, 21, joined the Black Cats from Chunnam Dragons last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million, signing a three-year-deal on Wearside.

Despite struggling to find the net on a consistent basis for the club the South Korean international endeared himself to Sunderland fans by scoring a last-minute winner against Manchester City on New Year's Day.

After helping South Korea to a bronze medal at this summer's Olympics he has found appearances hard to come by under Martin O'Neill this season, often turning out for Sunderland's development squad managed by former defender Kevin Ball.

Augsburg finished 14th in the Bundesliga last season, but currently find themselves bottom of the league with just one win in 12 games. Their poor form has also seen them score just eight goals, leading them to examine the opportunities available in terms of striking reinforcements.

O'Neill is likely to sanction a move for the player in January, with the Black Cats boss also eager to make additions to his squad which has been stretched through injury during the opening stages of their league campaign.