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Wednesday, 4th January 2012
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Japan striker Tadanari Lee set to sign for Southampton

Japanese footballer Tadanari Lee is on his way to England after agreeing to join the Championship side Southampton.

The international striker is poised to sign a deal with the south-coast team worth a reported £800,000 per year.

Currently contracted to the J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Lee flew to London yesterday (January 3rd) to tie up the ends of his proposed move to the Saints.

Should the deal be confirmed, it would see the international player nearly double his current salary with a two-and-a-half-year contract.

"I want to play in the Premier League, the world's best," the news agency quoted him as saying.

Should the deal be confirmed he may well get his wish, as Southampton are currently sitting at the top of the English second tier and hopeful of achieving promotion at the end of the season.

According to the AFP, Lee is expected to sign for the club following a successful visa application and medical.

The 26-year-old player of Korean descent began his career at FC Tokyo before moving to Kashiwa Reysol before finally ending up at Hiroshima.

Written by Mark Smith