Lierse goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima has reached a verbal agreement to join Standard Liege, according to the official website of the Belgian Pro League.
The same site reported a transfer fee of €200,000, while state-managed television station RTBF claimed the Maurice Dufrasne club will pay three times that amount.
The 29-year-old first joined Lierse from Kawasaki Frontale after the 2010 World Cup, and, in addition to wearing the captain's armband in the 2011-12 season, was voted the club's most valuable player for two consecutive seasons by supporters.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise after the Samurai Blue regular indicated earlier this year that he was ready to leave Belgium for a new club in Italy or England, with several rumours involving Milan emerging. Instead, Kawashima will play in the Pro League for a third straight season.
Should the transfer go through as expected, Kawashima will visit his old club as early as August 4 when Standard travels to Lierse in the second week of league action.
Standard finished the 2011-12 season in fifth place, while Lierse took part in the country's Europa League play-offs.