Nottingham Forest will welcome Hwang Ui-jo for a medical at some point today, with a £4 million transfer now agreed.
According to the Daily Mail, the South Korean is set to sign for the Reds and will then join Olympiacos on loan.
Forest are landing Hwang from Bordeaux, with the French outfit encountering some financial uncertainties.
The striker has been in talks with Forest for a few weeks and he’s finally agreed to head to Greece before starting his City Ground career.
Hwang has been with Bordeaux for three years. He signed from Gamba Osaka and has scored 29 goals in 98 games.
The talisman scored 11 times in 32 games last season and will now put pen to paper on a three-year contract with Forest.
At 29, that perhaps doesn’t make much sense given that he’s beyond his prime right now.
Still, it would seem as though it’s Forest’s turn to be the parent club in the renowned relationship with Olympiacos.
Hwang is a regular with the South Korean national team, scoring 15 times in his 45 appearances.
Now, the deal is nearing competition with the player set for his medical at some point today.
A former coach of Hwang’s has previously called him ‘wonderful’.
Forest will welcome Ui-jo for medical
This signing doesn’t make a deal of sense from a Forest perspective and it will be interesting to see what role he plays – if any.
Olympiacos will benefit from the player this season. Indeed, his first task will be to impress in Greece.
Hwang clearly has some talent and the fact he’s from South Korea will naturally see Forest tap into another merchandise market.
On the field, it’s hard to see where he has an impact at the City Ground at any point in the future.
If Forest stay in the Premier League, he will be 30-years-old. Will the club really place their trust in a player of that age to score goals next season?
That remains to be seen and the Hwang transfer is one that comes with plenty of intrigue.