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Busan I'Park look to land North Korean midfielder

SEOUL, Jan 18 (Reuters) - South Korea's Busan I'Park hope to sign North Korean midfielder Ahn Young-hak within the next few days, a club spokesman said on Wednesday.

Ahn would be a rare commodity in South Korea's professional league. Only one other North Korean player has ever signed for a K-League side.

Another Korean team, Incheon United, said last week they had also approached Ahn's Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight about a transfer but that the asking price was too high.

'Our team has already reached a tentative agreement on the cost,' said Busan spokesman Kim Hyun-hee.

'We are aiming to finish negotiations within this week.'

Kim said he thought a North Korean player would be a draw in the South, which remains technically at war with its communist neighbour since the 1950-53 Korean War ended only in a truce.

K-League official Yang Tae-oh said there had only been one other North Korean to sign for a K-League club and that he never actually played a match.

Ahn took part in North Korea's unsuccessful campaign to win a place at the World Cup finals in Germany this year.

North Korea have only taken part in the World Cup finals once, in England in 1966, while South Korea will be competing in their sixth successive finals in Germany this summer.