July 2, 2010 / 3:16 PM / 9 years ago

Soccer-North Korea's Jong set for German move

TOKYO, July 2 (Reuters) - North Korea’s World Cup striker Jong Tae-se is poised to join German club VfL Bochum, Japanese media reported on Friday.

The Japan-based Jong is on his way out of J-League side Kawasaki Frontale along with Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, the Sankei Sports reported.

Jong provided many of North Korea’s few bright moments in South Africa as their World Cup appearance since 1966 ended with three defeats, including a 7-0 drubbing by Portugal.

Kawashima, whose stock rose with Japan’s run to the last 16, is set to join Belgium’s Lierse SK, according to senior Kawasaki official Haruo Shoji.

Jong, dubbed the “People’s Wayne Rooney” for his bustling style, scored several key goals to lead North Korea to the World Cup and is regularly on target in the J-League.

Bochum were relegated from Germany’s Bundesliga last season while Lierse won promotion to Belgium’s top flight.

Reporting by Alastair Himmer; Editing by Justin Palmer; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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