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Tadanari Lee set for Southampton move after successful appeal over rejected work permit

Tadanari Lee set for Southampton move after successful appeal over rejected work permit

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The Japan international has been granted the opportunity to play for the Saints after his initial application was turned down by the British Embassy

Tadanari Lee is set to sign for Southampton from Sanfrecce Hiroshima after the original decision not to grant the striker a work permit was overturned on appeal.

The Japan international’s move to the Championship side looked in doubt after his application to work in Britain was originally turned down by the British Embassy, but Southampton made an appeal to try and get the decision overturned.

The FA has now classified Lee as an exceptional talent, suggesting he is capable of enriching the English league, with the 26-year-old’s age also key to sanctioning his transfer to the Saints.

Tadanari has now made nine appearances for the Japan national side, netting twice for his country, yet the player's club form attracted the Saints, with the forward managing a total 15 goals in 32 J-League games last season.

The striker showcased his talent in the Asian Cup final in which he secured victory for his country with a skilful volley, alerting the attentions of clubs from around the world.

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