Saints today confirmed they were in advanced talks with Japanese international striker Tadanari Lee. Lee flew in to London yesterday, and will now train with the club whilst his work permit is reviewed. The fact that Saints went public with the news suggests they must be highly confident of the deal going through. Lee comes with a decent pedigree, having netted 15 from 26 in his most recent season for Sanfrecce Hiroshima. He's a full international, who scored one of the most important goals in Japanese football history last January, helping his country to a 1-0 Asia Cup final win over Australia. He's a skilful player with great technique and is decent in the air too. Lee's potential arrival couldn't come at a better time, with Rickie Lambert currently serving a three match ban, and Guly Do Prado injured. If all goes according to plan, he could be available for selection for Nottingham Forest away on January 14th. According to FIFA's website, Lee will sign a three and a half year deal, with a weekly wage of approximately £15,000. Should Saints gain promotion, that will rise to £23,000 per week. Provided he adapts culturally, Lee could prove to be a very shrewd signing.
Tadanari Lee's Asia Cup final goal
Lee in action for Sanfrecce Hiroshima- Solo run and chip