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6 February 2015

South Korea international midfielder Kim Bo Kyung joins Wigan Athletic.

  • Exciting midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung becomes Malky Mackay’s eighth signing at Wigan Athletic.
  • Bo-Kyung – “I am very happy to be working with Malky Mackay again.”
  • Talented attacking midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung has signed for Wigan Athletic until the end of the season.
The 25 year-old underwent a medical at the DW Stadium earlier this week, agreed a contract until the end of the season and following a successful work-permit hearing, can now be officially confirmed as a Wigan Athletic player.

The deal is subject to international clearance and the completion of work permit formalities, and it is hoped he will be able to joins Latics’ squad for the weekend visit of Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth.

He will wear the number 16 shirt for Latics.

Bo-Kyung said:

“I am very happy to be joining up with the gaffer again. I really enjoyed working with him in the past and he helped me so much in my career. He gave me the chance to fulfil my dream of playing in England and I am now looking forward so much to working with him again.

“Since becoming a free agent, we had various offers but when the chance came to be with the gaffer again at Wigan, this really was the only place I wanted to come.”

Bo-Kyung’s agent Yeung-Joong Lee said:

“When Kim Bo first joined Cardiff in 2012, Malky showed him so much warmth and understanding and helped him integrate into the British culture, on and off the field. This experience made the decision to come to Wigan now a very easy one.”

After meeting the Latics squad, Bo-Kyung said:

“The other players have all made me welcome already. The atmosphere in the dressing room seems very good, there is a nice feeling with all the lads and we now have to keep working hard to pick up as many points as we can and start climbing the league table.”

Bo-Kyung becomes Mackay’s eighth signing at Latics. The player capped 30 times by South Korea made his name in the J. League Division 1 side Cerezo Osaka, scoring 15 goals in 41 league games between 2010 and 2012.

In July 2012, Bo-Kyung joined Cardiff City for a reported £2.5million and went on to win promotion under Mackay at the Cardiff City Stadium. He scored three goals in 64 appearances for the Bluebirds, including late equaliser in 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester United in November 2013.

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