Rumour Mill: Norwich City interested in swapping Anthony Pilkington for Lee Chung-Yong of Bolton Wanderers

Algeria's Yacine Brahimi (11) tries to stop South Korea's Lee Chung-yong (17) during the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) Algeria's Yacine Brahimi (11) tries to stop South Korea's Lee Chung-yong (17) during the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Sunday, August 3, 2014
5:43 PM

Norwich City are reportedly interested in signing Bolton Wanderers winger Lee Chung-Yong in a swap deal involving Anthony Pilkington.

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The Sunday People claim the Canaries want to sign the South Korean international, who is entering the final year of his deal with the Trotters.

The newspaper rates both players at around £1million and claim transfer talks are imminent between the two clubs.

Pilkington has seen his City career stutter because of injury problems and is originally from the north-west of England, so could well be interested in a return to familiar surroundings.

The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international is also entering the final year of his contract and started just 10 Premier League games last season because of hamstring problems.

That is in stark contrast to his first season with the club after being signed for around £2million from Huddersfield by Paul Lambert in the summer of 2011.

He scored eight goals in 30 Premier League games during the 2011/12 season and then five in 30 league games during 2012/13, including the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Carrow Road.

Lee has been with Bolton for five seasons, since joining from FC Seoul for a fee of £2.2m in August 2009.

He has played 169 games for the Trotters, scoring 17 goals, and started all three of South Korea’s group games during a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer.

28 comments

  • Should be Whittaker he was skinned that many times on Friday, I thought he was naked.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Matt ,Bolton are at the same level as we are, albeit £160m in debt.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • That`s what I meant, Matt. 167 games in the 4 uninjured seasons is quite a haul; I think at least one of those seasons was Prem. (Only 38 league games available). He also made a robust comeback from that injury, sustained in a pre-season friendly, and the fans loved him for it. But, alas, for us he is but a rumour. Is reckoned to be an exceptionally talented chap. He`ll do me!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • In fairness he has been victim of 1 serious injury and returned and performed very well at Bolton. Compared to Pilks who consistently remains injured through serious & minor injuries. I doubt there is much (if any) truth int his story though. In reality, after being linked with numerous Premier league clubs (regardless if 'we' fans think he deserves it), why would Pilks join Bolton (no disrespect meant)?

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • South Korea matched England`s efforts, Fagen. On another board, there is a blatant sales pitch by a `reputable moneylender` aka usurer. Surely that is inappropriate? Should be rejected by the moderators. Reason "Inaccurate". Or oxymoronic. `Reputable moneylender`...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I have seen Lee a few times on the box for Bolton and he has looked impressive. Not many from the far East adapt well to the British game but he is an exception. Strangely enough South Korea's participation in the WC must have passed me by.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Btw, those `Blue Dragon` stats include one season in which he made only 2 appearances, after breaking a leg pre-season. So 167 games in the remaining 4 seasons is pretty reliable stuff, including some Prem time. He`d have to change his name. Can`t be doing with `Blue` anything...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Bang on Cutty. Did Adams work for Norwich Union before football? Because the latest rumours look like insurance policies.... O'Neil in case Fer or Tetty go, Chung in case of Redmond departing.

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Agree, TK, but that`s a big "IF" on fitness... Lee Chung-Yong doesn`t come across as a `fortune hunter`, though; 5 full seasons at `unfashionable` Bolton, averaging 34 games per season. Looks steady and robust enough. We`ll see. CB & RB anywhere in sight?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I would rather watch the Murphy boys playing as I support British players rather than keep bringing in average overseas fortune hunters. I cannot see any gain in letting Pilkington go as he surely is worth far more that the price being quoted if he can stay fit.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Reading waclor`s thinly veiled comment below, I`d guess he is underwhelmed by the prospect of signing Gary O`Neil ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Of the rumours so far, this maybe looks least credible. Not so much that he wouldn`t be a good swap for injury prone\dispirited Pilks, but why would Bolton want Pilks with his recent record? I can see why Anthony might like to go back to his NW roots. As Powers says, only rumours.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • First and foremost, like everything else on the Rumour Mill pages, this story isn't certain to be fact. However, if this article is true, then this is my official opinion on the swap deal...NO NO NO!!!

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    Powers1902

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • This transfer business must be like trying to play £m poker by phone. Make your play too early, like Brucie at Hull, and it becomes very expensive. I suppose another dilemma Neil faces is do you bring in a replacement before a player may or may not go? Lee for Redman? Having said all that Neil got in early with his attacking options, just wish he'd done the same with the defence. Just keep the faith lads, can't be bothered to name the usual suspects but there will be 3 or 4 more changes by Sept.

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    cutty

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I'd buy that for a dollar!

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    Admiral F

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Wait, this is the guy in the Samsung Galaxy 11 videos? So he must be one of the best 11 players on the planet!! Amazing. Are we about to announce a new sponsorship deal with Samsung washing machines?

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    Canary Wurst

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Erpingham Tractor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • At least it will mean getting rid of another of the petulant players from the squad.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • The Blue Dragon. A top class winger and a big favourite at Bolton, we will probably have to add a bit of cash if a deal is done.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • john dab

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Thanks Wivenhoe so looks a bir better than. Can he play right back or centre back?

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Pilkington's fall from grace has been dramatic. Yes, he is oft injured, but even when fit he seemed a long way from the match day team. Cannot help wondering if he has told the hierachy at some stage that he wants to leave?

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • No idea if this is a good deal or not. Why do they want to offload a player for someone who gets easily injured? An international brings experience but an equal risk of injury in the extra international games...

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Lee Chung-yong decent winger. I like pilks but he does seem to always be injured. Seems like a good bit of business to me.

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    Bunny160

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Oh sorry 26 years old

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Waclor he is allegedly 5'11" and plays on the wing

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Would he by any chance be a smallish midfield player the wrong side of thirty? Where are the new defenders Adams?

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

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