Feyenoord hopes to add South Korean international Chun-Soo Lee to the squad later today. The Rotterdam club has already reached agreement with Ulsan Hyundai, and now has to agree terms with the player himself before the transfer window shuts. The 26-year-old has to undergo a medical too. The striker was originally due to arrive in the Netherlands yesterday, but the transfer looked to have derailed at the last moment. It took until 4 am Dutch time for the clubs to finally find a mutually acceptable solution.

Chun-Soo Lee himself will not be flying to Europe as time is short, so the medical will take place in Seoul. The contract negotiations will be conducted by fax and phone to give the deal the best possible chance of success. ‘We have not contracted him yet,’ confirmed technical manager Peter Bosz. ‘Yesterday we were told that the transfer was off, so he did not get on his flight. But later on there was a breakthrough. His club wanted to open talks again, which resulted in an agreement last night. We’ll now do out utmost to seal the deal.’

Chun-Soo Lee is seen as the answer to Bert van Marwijk’s need for a striker. The South Korean has some experience of the European game already, after spells at Real Sociedad and Numancia in Spain. He has also played at two World Cups. Feyenoord has been tracking him for a long time and after failing to attract Luque the club immediately turned to the South Korean. ‘We have been following him for a while and we’ve scouted him extensively,’ said Bosz. ‘We’ve also talked with Pim Verbeek and Dick Advocaat, who have both been national coach of South Korea. They were very positive. They also had a positive opinion of him as a person and a professional.’ Giovanni van Bronckhorst is also said to have a liking for Lee.

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