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Last Updated: Monday, 29 May 2006, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Jung-hwan set to wait for Hearts
Ahn Jung-hwan in training in Scotland
Ahn Jung-hwan is in Scotland training with his country
South Korea striker Ahn Jung-hwan appears ready to wait until Hearts appoint a new head coach before committing himself to a new club.

The 30-year-old, seeking a move from MSV Duisburg, is said to be attracting interest from three English Premiership clubs along with Hearts.

And agent Tom Sanders said: "It is important for the club to know who will be the coach as well as the player.

"It is not a good thing if a player is scared about who is going to be coach."

The Tynecastle club confirmed their interest in the Jung-hwan last week through interim head coach Valdas Ivanauskas.

Sanders is still awaiting a follow-up call from Hearts and was encouraged to hear that Ivanauskas will still be at Hearts in some capacity next season.
If Ahn has a good World Cup then maybe there will be more offers
Agent Tom Sanders

But he said: "I am relaxed about it and so is Ahn.

"Of course, if Hearts don't move then I will move because I have to my job for my player.

"However, there are no deadlines set, Ahn is not a player who makes deadlines.

"But Ivanauskas has told me that he should be at Tynecastle in some capacity next season."

The former Perugia and Metz player is in Scotland with the South Korea national team preparing for the World Cup.

But Sanders confirmed that there was a clause in Jung-hwan's contract that allows him to leave relegated Duisburg for a fee of 750,000 Euros (approximately 500,000) and that three German clubs were willing to pay that.

"We are talking to three Premiership clubs and one of them has made an offer," said Sanders.

"It is a good offer, a very serious offer and we could sign today.

"But we don't have to sign within the next two days or whatever. The club in question have just asked us to let them know by 15 July.

"If Ahn has a good World Cup then maybe there will be more offers."

Meanwhile, South Korea head coach Dick Advocaat has backed Ahn to be a success in the Scottish Premier League if he does end up with Hearts.

"Ahn has played in France, Italy and Germany and I have no doubt he would be ideal for the Scottish game," said the former Rangers and Netherlands manager.


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