Southampton striker Tadanari Lee has joined former club FC Tokyo on loan until the end of the season after failing to make a single Premier League appearance this term.
The 27-year-old joined Saints in January, 2012, making seven Championship appearances as the club gained promotion to the top flight.
However, Lee has been restricted to just three cup appearances since - two from the substitutes’ bench – after a pre-season injury led to a five-month spell on the sidelines, and has now been allowed to join his former club until June.
"I had a lot of worries about transferring, but I finally came to my decision," Lee told the J-League outfit’s official website. "Now that I've arrived, I intend to pour all of my strength into improving myself and FC Tokyo. Thank you for your support."
The striker will hope to provide a boost ahead of FC Tokyo’s domestic campaign, which begins next month, before returning to St Mary's in time for the English pre-season.