Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign up South Korea striker Chu Young Park from his previous club, Monaco.
According to the BBC, 26-year-old Park will cost the Gunners somewhere between £3 and £5 million.
Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Fulham had also reportedly set their sights on Park, but the Gunners have ultimately sealed the deal.
The South Korea captain had also been very close to signing up with French Ligue 1 side Lille until Arsenal’s late bid.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “He will add true quality to our attacking forces and will be a valuable addition to the squad.”
The 2004 Asian Young Footballer of the Year’s deal is subject to the completion of formal registration processes.
Park, who is set to wear the number 9 shirt for Arsenal, said: “I am very honoured and I feel very happy to be at Arsenal.
“It is a dream to be here and I am really proud to be an Arsenal player.
“Now I just want to show how good I am and prove myself.
“In my opinion this is a great club, now I have to show what I can do on the pitch.
“I will do my best, I will never give up, I will show heart, I will give everything and I hope [the fans] will support me.”
Lille were reportedly surprised at the turn of events, claiming Park had failed to show up for the second part of his medical after already agreeing terms to join the French Ligue 1 champions.
According to Lille, Park had been expected at the club to continue with his pre-signing examination, which he had begun on Friday.
“From what we understand he could be at Arsenal. Everything had been agreed.” said Lille president Michel Seydoux.
“We haven’t had a telephone call, nothing. Lille are baffled.”
During the 2010 World Cup, Park scored an own goal in his side’s 4-1 defeat against Argentina. During South Korea’s next match he scored a crucial free-kick in their 2-2 draw with Nigeria, which helped South Korea go through to the last 16 of the tournament.View Comments