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Hammers track rising star

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Hammers track rising star

Seol Young-woo, a rising star in South Korean football, could be swapping the K League for the Premier League, with rumours swirling of a potential transfer to the mighty Irons.

Hammers track rising star

The 25-year-old defender, a mainstay in the national team and a key figure in Ulsan Hyundai’s back-to-back K League 1 titles, has caught the eye of the Hammers.

Seol’s pedigree is impressive. He’s not just a consistent presence for Korea, but a game-changer, scoring the final goal that secured Ulsan’s 2023 crown.

His technicality and attacking instincts haven’t gone unnoticed, earning him the K League Player of the Month award and a berth in the Best XI alongside renowned names like Wanderson and Alex Grant.

This potential move isn’t just about talent. Seol’s recent Asian Games gold medal victory with Korea comes with a crucial perk: exemption from mandatory military service, removing a potential career roadblock. This has paved the way for him to chase his European dream without interruption.

For West Ham, the allure of Seol is clear. His versatility, athleticism, and burgeoning reputation could bolster their defensive ranks. And while the club hasn’t yet had a Korean player in its men’s squad, their investment in Cho So-hyun for the women’s team shows an appreciation for Korean talent.

While the deal is still in the rumour mill, it holds promise for both parties. Seol would see his stock rise while gaining invaluable experience in one of the world’s toughest leagues. And West Ham could secure a promising young defender with the potential to become a fan favourite.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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