Midfielder Ki Sung-yong is set to sign for Mallorca after his departure from Newcastle United last month.

The South Korean midfielder left Newcastle by mutual consent on deadline day of the January transfer window after the Magpies were unable to find him a new club.

He has since been back in his homeland, with reports suggesting he could be joining FC Seoul before a potential move there collapse.

It seems his next club after Newcastle will be less of a step down than anticipated, though, with him now close to joining Mallorca.

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Earlier this week we covered a report from YTN earlier this week that he was in negotiations with La Liga 2 side Huesca.

However, his agent has now confirmed it is top-flight Mallorca where the former Magpie will be landing.

“Ki Sung-yong is leaving today to sign a deal with Mallorca,” he told KBS News.

“We decided to enter the Spanish league, and we went to the second league SD Huesca, but after the report to Huesca, the first division callied and we decided to go to Mallorca.

“I think Mallorca is a good place to play football because of the weather, so much that people in Europe, like Germany, are coming for a vacation. I made a suggestion.

It seems the move may be completed relatively quickly too with KBS News reporting that Ki was due to leave for Spain after holding a ‘brief press conference’ in the departure hall at Incheon International Airport this morning.

Ki’s arrival will likely be a big boost for Mallorca, who are currently 18th in La Liga but level on points with Celta Vigo in 17th as they aim to avoid relegation this season.