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Weekly Transfer Review (June 26 - July 2)

The official player registration is now open from 1 July, and K League clubs have been quick at making necessary changes to the squad. Everything from the very first week of the transfer window is summarized below.
(image via fcseoul.com)

Classic

FC Seoul announed the signing of Khaled Shafiei from Tractor Sazi on June 26. The 29-year-old defender became the first Iranian player in K League's three-and-a-half decade history. With his experience in the AFC Championes League with his former club Tractor Sazi, Shafiei is expected to be a great addition to the capital club.

Jeju United became the eventual winner of the race for Yoon Bit-garam, sealing a 6-month loan deal with his current club, Yanbian Fude. The 27-year-old former international midfielder was linked with Ulsan and Jeonbuk, but Jeju managed to bring him back, without paying any loan fee. Yoon Bit-garam is now returning to the club where he had spent three years before moving to China; but he is expected to join the army after a 6-month spell at the island club.

Jeonnam Dragons announced another return of an expatriate, signing Kim Jae-sung from Adelaide United. The 33-year-old midfielder had left Seoul E-Land to head Down Under earlier this year, but after a brief spell at Adelaide, he decided to come back to his homeland.

Gangwon FC is set to agree on a 6-month loan deal to bring Gérson Guimarães Ferreira Júnior from Lechia Gdańsk. The Polish side announced on the official website that the 25-year-old Brazilian defender will be moving to Gangwon once the medical test is complete. The official announcement from Gangwon is yet to come.

Jeonbuk Hyundai, on the other hand, has announced that they have reached an mutual termination of contract with Mazola (Marcelino Junior Lopes Arruda). The 28-year-old Brazilian forward failed to make a single appearnace at the Jeolla province club.

(image via bfc1995.com)

Challenge

Bucheon FC 1995 shocked K League fans with the signing of Kim Hyung-il, who was on Free Agent after his 6-month contract with Guangzhou Evergrande expired. The veteran defender who was also included in the 2010 World Cup squad was rumoured to be in talks with Gangwon FC, but Gangwon failed to adjust the compensation fee with Kim Hyung-il's former club Jeonbuk Motors.

Daejeon Citizen signed Bruno (Bruno Cunha Cantanhede) from Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Ironi. The Brazilian striker who grew up in the São Paulo FC youth club is expected to add energy to Daejeon's forward line.

Gyeongnam FC also made notable additions to the squad for the promotion campaign. Gyeongnam loaned Yoon Jong-gyu and signed Kim Kun-hoan on a permanent deal, both from FC Seoul. Yoon Jong-hyu is a young prospect full-back who recently played in the 2017 U-20 World Cup. Gyeongnam FC mentioned that Kim Kun-hoan will play as a forward at his new club.

Ansan Greeners signed Kim Byung-suk from Seoul E-Land. The former Daejeong captain is now returning to the city of Ansan, where he fulfilled his military service as a member of Ansan Police, which is now in Asan. The journey man midfielder began his professional career in a Portuguese club Vitória Setúbal and has since played in eight different clubs.

Seoul E-Land announced the signings of Sim Gwang-wook from Gwangju FC and Alex (
Wesley Alex Maiolino) from FC Anyang. Seoul E-Land is expecting that the two energetic forwards will be an answer to the goal-scoring drought of the capital-based club.

(image via sport360.com)

Rumours

FC Seoul has reportedly reached on a deal to sign Song Jin-hyung from UAE side Al-Sharjah, according to an Ilgan Sports exclusive on June 26. The creative midfielder is a FC Seoul youth team product but blossomed in Jeju United, after spells at Newcastle Jets (Australia) and Tours FC (France). Song Jin-hyung is eyeing an return to his first professional club after a failed career at Al-Sharjah, but the injury he suffered from at the UAE side is definitely a hindrance before the final stamp is put on the contract papers.

Slovak sources suggest that Seongnam FC has clinched a deal with a Slovak club Žilina to bring in Filip Hlohovský. Hlohovský confirmed that he has already visited the city and met the director and the coach in an interview with Cas.sk, a Slovak online media. The 29-year-old striker was the league top scorer in the 2016-17 season and the league player of the year for the previous season.

Gwangju FC is having serious talks with Northern Irish striker Niall McGinn. Daily Record and the Scottish Sun published news suggesting that the 29-year-old international is keen to move to Gwangju, despite interests from Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United. McGinn wore the green and white jersey at Celtic between 2009 and 2012, playing with Korean international Ki Sung-yeung - whose father Ki Young-ok is currently the director at Gwangju FC.

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