Japan’s Lee linked with Saints switch

Reuters, Monday 2 Jan 2012

Japan striker Tadanari Lee could soon joining English club Southampton after agreeing terms with the Championship (second division) leaders, local media reported on Monday

Tadanari Lee
Japan striker Tadanari Lee

The Saints have made a formal offer for the 26-year-old, Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s technical committee chief Hidekazu Orita has been informed, according to the Nikkan Sports newspaper.

Lee famously volleyed a superb winning goal for Japan in last year’s Asian Cup final against Australia in Doha to give the Blue Samurai a record fourth continental title.

Southampton must secure a work permit for Lee, born to Korean parents and scorer of 15 goals in 32 games for J.League side Hiroshima last year, to take him to England’s south coast.

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