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Southampton sign Maya Yoshida

Subject to a medical, Southampton have signed Japanese centre back Maya Yoshida from Dutch side VVV-Venio.

He is a relatively young player at 24, but will still bring a bit of experience to the South coast. He gained over 50 caps for his Dutch club and also has 17 caps for his country, scoring on 2 occasions. Yoshida captained Japan at the recent Olympic Games in London, guiding the side to a respectable fourth place finish.

Yoshida will add both quality and depth to the Southampton squad. His assets include being skilful with both feet as well as being a physical presence on the pitch.

If the medical is passed and all the paperwork is sorted, Yoshida will have achieved his childhood dream which was to play in the Premier League.

Southampton have struggled in their first 2 games of the season back in the top-flight, so Nigel Adkins may look for a couple more additions to his squad before the transfer window closes tomorrow.

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