Celtic-linked Ki Sung-Yeung wants to leave Newcastle United

By David Walton

January 21, 2020

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has revealed that Celtic-linked Ki Sung-Yeung wants to leave the club.

Celtic were first linked with Ki just before the new year. The Chronicle suggested that we were interested in the South Korean, who played for the club between 2009 and 2012.

A talented box-to-box midfielder, Ki has lost his way in England this season. He’s only been given three Premier League outings by Bruce (Transfermarkt), as the likes of Matty Longstaff and Jonjo Shelvey have been regularly keeping him out of the side.

Celtic-linked Ki Sung-Yeung (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

And after Bruce’s comments in the Shields Gazette, it looks as though Ki could be available if we wish to swoop in.

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“We’ve made it pretty clear about Ki’s position, and he’s also made it pretty clear that he wants to go out and play somewhere.

“We’ll see what happens, but at this particular moment, nothing has really happened in that respect.”

Lennon stance makes Ki signing unlikely

It’s interesting that Ki is available, but even more interesting that nobody has come in for him. We’re talking about a player with nearly 200 Premier League games under his belt (Transfermarkt). It’s a tad confusing as to why interest in him isn’t sky-high.

However, from our perspective, you can imagine wages would be a key stumbling block. When Neil Lennon was asked about the possibility of signing Victor Wanyama, he said that affordability would be an issue. He also stated that Ismaila Soro’s arrival could make a midfield spot for Vic tricky (The Herald).

Ki falls into the same bracket. His wages will be Premier League standard, meaning he would need to drop his financial expectations if he wanted to return to Parkhead.

Newcastle’s Ki Sung-Yeung (Photo by Steven Hadlow/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

If Wanyama couldn’t be given a spot, then neither would Ki. As a box-to-box midfielder, he would be up against the likes of Callum McGregor, Soro, and Olivier Ntcham. You would have to ask yourself whether signing him would be necessary.

With his contract up at the end of the season (The Chronicle), it’s one that we could even revisit in the summer. Our midfield scenario may change, and then it would be more likely that a spot for Ki is available.

However, even though he’s currently ready to leave the Magpies, Celtic shouldn’t bother making a move before January ends.