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SBD Global/August 27, 2012/International Football

Ki Sung-Yueng Becomes Swansea's, Korea's Most Expensive Player

South Korean footballer Ki Sung-yueng signed a three-year contract with Premier League club Swansea City "for a club-record fee" to become Korea’s tenth EPL player, according to Jung Min-ho of the KOREA TIMES. The 23-year-old cost Swansea a £6M ($9.5M) transfer fee, "which almost doubles the team’s record fee" of £3.5M for Danny Graham last year. Ki made an appearance at the home stadium before kickoff against West Ham "to greet the 20,000 fans who welcomed him with a storm of applause" (KOREA TIMES, 8/26). In Seoul, Robert Lee noted Ki also became "the most expensive Korean player" in the EPL. Before Ki's move, Park Ji-sung boasted the highest transfer fee for a Korean player at £5M. Ki is now "waiting on a work permit and international clearance" before debuting on the field at Liberty Stadium (KOREA HERALD, 8/26).
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