Ki Sung-Yueng completes record move to Swansea City from Celtic
24 August 2012
Swansea City have broken their transfer record to sign Ki Sung-Yeng from Celtic, subject to a work permit and international clearance.
South Korean Ki, 23, had a medical in Swansea on Friday before signing a three-year contract, with the fee to Celtic believed to be around Â£6m.
"When I look at Swansea I see a club that is growing," said Ki. "The style here is very attractive to me.
"I think I can grow as a player and help the club move forward."
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says Ki, who made 34 appearances for Celtic last season, will add midfield dynamism to his side.
"He's an important player to have in midfield," said Laudrup.
"We lost Joe Allen [to Liverpool] so it's important, looking at the strength of the squad, to have a dynamic player like him.
"The players we have signed here and the players we will sign are players that can fit into our style.
"He's already played a couple of seasons in British football and that's very important. The players who have come in from abroad have had a great start but I think experience of this kind of football is important as well."
Ki won a bronze medal with South Korea at the 2012 London Olympics, and scored a penalty in their quarter-final win over Great Britain in Cardiff.
His move to Swansea almost doubles the club record fee of Â£3.5m paid for Danny Graham a year ago, and he is Laudrup's seventh signing since taking over in June.