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Football: Japanese Striker Tadanari Lee in Talks with Southampton

English Championship club, Southampton, who currently lead the 24 teams attempting to make it into the Barclays Premier League, have confirmed they are in talks with 26 year old Japan striker, Tadanari Lee, of the J-League’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Lee flew to London to talk with Southampton club officials and will train with the South Coast club until a decision over a British Work Permit is granted.

Lee became a hero in Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup, by scoring the winning goal in the Final against Australia, giving Japan their fourth Asian Cup crown.

If he does sign for Southampton, he would be the first Japanese player at the Championship side.

The Saints currently lead the Championship, and are level on 47 points with West Ham.  The club currently appears likely to at least make the play-offs from the league, which will see the top two teams, and one play-off winning side (from the next four places) line up in the Barclays Premier League for 2012/13.

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