Cho set for English baptism

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is ready to thrust Korea Republic midfielder Cho Won-Hee straight into the Premier League against Sunderland on Saturday.

Cho, 25, is due to complete the formalities ahead of his free transfer switch to Wigan from K-League outfit Suwon Blue Wings, which will see him join international team-mates Park Ji-Sung and Kim Do-Heon in England. Park stars for European champions Manchester United, while Kim is a regular for West Bromwich Albion.

Korea Republic international Cho has already been granted a work permit and is set to be unveiled a press conference at Wigan's JJB Stadium on Thursday. Cho, who had a trial with French club Monaco in January, is seen by Bruce as a long-term replacement for Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios, who left the club for Tottenham in a £15 million January transfer.

And Bruce admits that the experienced Cho, who has penned a two-and-a-half year contract at the JJB, has already proved his ability to make an instant impact in the Premier League.

Bruce said: "I could tell straight away that Cho was a good player when he came across for a trial last month. I think he can make a significant impact in the Premier League and that is the reason why we are signing him. He is fast, strong, determined and has a terrific attitude on and off the field."