Premier League - Japan keeper to join West Brom

Wed, 08 Jun 10:11:00 2011

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima has set his heart on a move to English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

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"Everything is in place and I'd like to finalise the transfer before the end of June," Kawashima told the Sankei Sports newspaper.

Kawashima, who played in Japan's 0-0 home draw with the Czech Republic on Tuesday, is keen to leave Belgian side Lierse but is prepared to fight for a place at West Brom.

"It's always important to be playing but of course the Premier League is a higher level," the 28-year-old added. "Even if I was reserve keeper (at West Brom) I would like to try."

Kawashima, who said playing against Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in Yokohama had given him extra motivation, added: "It would be really good for me to play at that level."

Japan's first-choice goalkeeper would become the second player from his country to play for West Brom if the deal goes through after midfielder Junichi Inamoto.


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