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Celtic confirm interest in Seoul star Ki Sung-yong

Celtic have confirmed they are in talks with representatives of South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yong.

Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell told BBC Scotland the player is being viewed as "one for the future", though manager Tony Mowbray had earlier denied any interest in the player.

K-League leaders FC Seoul earlier claimed Celtic were chasing the highly-rated 20-year-old.

Lawwell met with Ki's representatives in London today ahead of tomorrow's Champions League meeting with Arsenal but stressed any deal would not take place during the current transfer window.

Seoul's general manager Kang Myong-won told Sports Seoul earlier: "Celtic have informed us of their intentions about Ki Sung-yong.

"We understand that the player may want to move but this is not a good time for us to sell."

Seoul are currently six points clear at the top of the K-League and will face Qatar's Umm Salal in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals next month.

Mowbray has used the South Korean market before, bringing Kim Do-heon to West Brom while in charge at the Hawthorns.

Ki began his career at John Paul College in Brisbane, Australia, and returned to South Korea to sign for Seoul in 2006.

He was linked with Manchester United following the 2007 Under-20 World Cup and made his full international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Jordan in June last year.

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