Japanese central defender Maya Yoshida, who played for the national soccer team at the Olympics, has agreed a transfer to English Premier League side Southampton.
The 24-years-old player is now waiting for his entry clearance into Britain, with all the other details of the transfer resolved.
Yoshida played with Dutch side VVV Venlo last season and was transferred for about Euro 2.5 million.
“We are delighted to bring in Maya to the club,” said coach Nigel Adkins. “He is a centre-half who is comfortable on both the right and left-hand side as he is good with both feet and has a good physical presence about himself. We are really looking forward to working with him here at Southampton.”
Yoshida is currently with Japan’s national team in preparation for a friendly match against Iraq on September 11.
He was quoted by Southampton’s website as saying that he is very grateful to be able to play for the team and that he will do his best for the team and for the supporters. “I want to show them what I can do as soon as possible and hopefully impress them with my performances,” Yoshida said.
In a recent, larger-scale transfer, Japan’s star Shinji Kagawa moved to Premier League side Manchester United, departing from German side Borussia Dortmund.