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Qatar football champions sign the 'Korean Messi'

Lekhwiya Sports Club inks deal for midfielder Nam Tae-Hee from French club

Qatar football champions sign the 'Korean Messi'
South-Korean midfielder Nam Tae-hee (C) vies with Rennes French counterpart Romain Danze (R) during the French L1 football match Valenciennes vs. Rennes on May 8, 2011 at Nungesser stadium in Valenciennes. (Getty Images)

Lekhwiya Sports Club have signed South Korea midfielder Nam Tae-Hee from French Ligue 1 team Valenciennes, the Qatar champions said on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old is known for his silky touches and pin-point passing and was dubbed the 'Korean Messi' by Valenciennes fans in a reference to Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi.

Nam is expected to make his debut for Lekhwiya when the league resumes on January 2 after a break.

Lekhwiya will be playing in the AFC Champions League for the first time next year.

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