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Korean midfielder set to join UAE's Al Ahli

By Yonhap
  • Published : Sept 19, 2017 - 10:59
  • Updated : Sept 19, 2017 - 10:59
South Korean midfielder Kim Young-wook is set to sign with United Arab Emirates football club Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, officials from his current club said Tuesday.

K League Classic team Jeonnam Dragons said they're pushing for Kim's move to Al Ahli, and the player will soon fly to Dubai for a medical.

The Arabian Gulf League, the UAE's top league, started its new season last weekend, and the player registration deadline is the second week of October. 

In this file photo taken Feb. 23, 2017, Jeonnam Dragons midfielder Kim Young-wook speaks during a K League Classic event in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Kim made his pro debut with Jeonnam in 2010 and has so far amassed 11 goals and 14 assists in 170 matches. The 26-year-old midfielder, who is known for his quickness and accurate passes, has scored three goals and earned a career-high seven assists this season.

Kim has yet to represent South Korea at the senior level, but he previously played for the country at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He was also member of the gold medal-winning South Korean team at the 2014 Asian Games that comprised players under the age of 23.

Jeonnam are currently eighth in the 10-team league with eight wins, eight draws and 13 losses. (Yonhap)