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Report: Everton and Sunderland show interest in Chung-Yong Lee

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Laurence Griffiths

For the vast majority of the 2011/12 season, Chung-Yong Lee was forced to sit on the sidelines after suffering a broken leg in a pre-season friendly. He came back in the last couple of games, getting limited minutes. Last season, Chung-Yong Lee was very much back in the first team fold but it was a slow start for the dynamic winger as he struggled to find his confidence in the hard-hitting Championship. Yet, as the season wore on, coupled with Dougie Freedman's management takeover, Chungy improved and looks to be a major part of Bolton's season in 2013.

It is that resurgence from Chungy that has earned interest from a pair of Premier League clubs, per a report from Sky Sports. Though the report doesn't provide many details, it does mention that the two clubs interested are Sunderland and Everton, both of which have new managers looking to make their respective squad their own.

Chung-Yong Lee's Bolton contract doesn't run out until 2015 and there really is no question that on his day, he's one of the best players in Bolton's squad. Additionally, there is a sheer lack of depth for Bolton Wanderers on the wings and letting go of Chung-Yong Lee would put strain on that. In terms of wide options, Chris Eagles and Chris Lester are Bolton's only options outside of Chungy at the moment and the latter has not been given his first team debut yet. Rob Hall from West Ham is rumored to be coming in.

Chung-Yong Lee was highly rated as one of his country's best players over the course of their last group of World Cup qualifiers. In South Korea's final game, against Iran, Lee sat out with a relatively minor injury and the team suffered for it as they were unable to create anything in front of goal. The Korean side squeezed into the World Cup thanks to their superior goal difference built up in earlier matches.

UPDATE:

Bolton News reporter Marc Iles says that there is "nothing in" the Sky report.