Owen Coyle identifies 25-year-old, who has told Monaco that he is keen on moving to the Premier League, as his top summer target but accepts he is likely to lose Gary Cahill
By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent
Bolton Wanderers are planning a £6 million summer move for South Korea forward Park Chu-Young, Goal.com UK can reveal.
The Monaco man is a huge star in the Far East and was the subject of interest from Chelsea and Liverpool after impressive performances at the World Cup last summer.
He has now been identified as a top summer target by Bolton manager Owen Coyle, who expects to lose Johan Elmander on a free transfer and accepts he will struggle to sign Chelsea loanee Daniel Sturridge on a permanent deal.
Park, 25, has informed Monaco that he wants to test himself in the Premier League next season and is ready to join Bolton after turning down Fulham on two previous occasions because he wanted to move to a more prestigious club.
Top European clubs have cooled their interest and Park is considered an ideal signing at the Reebok Stadium, where he could play either in a wide role or behind a main frontman such as Kevin Davies.
A move to Bolton would allow Park to re-unite with compatriot, former FC Seoul team-mate and close friend Lee Chung-Yong, who has shone since arriving at the club in 2008.
Bolton want to back Coyle and build on a successful season that sees them sitting seventh in the Premier League in between Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton.
The side's success has resulted in interest in their best players, and Coyle accepts he is likely to lose £18m-rated England defender Gary Cahill, who is a target for high-profile clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool.
Bolton announced losses of £35.4m in their last financial results for the year to June 2010 – but Coyle has been told he will be allowed to re-invest in the summer.
Along with Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park, Park Chu-Young is among the best known sportsmen in his country and started in all four of South Korea's matches at the 2010 World Cup, scoring one goal against Nigeria.