Saints given green light for Lee

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Southampton can finally look to add Japan international Tadanari Lee to their squad, after being successful in their initially refused work permit hearing today.

The 26-year-old who has won 9 caps for the Samurai Blue is a relatively unknown quantity to the English persuasion but did score the winning goal in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Final against Australia.

Lee can now look forward to getting into Nigel Adkins' impressive Saints side, who still remain top of the tree in the Npower Championship.

The striker who joins from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in his native homeland, had been training with his new teammates during the work permit application process.

Now it is anticipated that he will fly back to the South Coast to seal the deal, which represents Southampton's first movement in the current transfer window.

Lee will be the first ever player from Japan to represent the Saints but along with Hidetoshi Nakata, Junichi Inamoto, Kazayuki Toda and more recently Ryo Miyaichi before him, he becomes the latest Japanese import to grace the English leagues.


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