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Leicester to Sign Okazaki

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Leicester City look set to capture their third signing of the summer with the purchase of Japan striker Shinji Okazaki from German side Mainz on a four year deal, subject to a work permit.

Okazaki is one of Japan’s leading player having played 93 times for his country and scoring 43 goals and moves to the King Power Stadium, to compete against fellow strikers Leo Ulloa, David Nugent and England’s Jamie Vardy.

Last season Okazaki scored 12 goals for Mainz in the Bundesliga as they narrowly missed out on a top 10 finish and manager Nigel Pearson will be hoping that the Japanese front-man can add goals to a Foxes side that needs more firepower to move up in the Premier League table and wants to stay clear of a relegation fight.

The former Stuttgart striker moved to Mainz in 2013 and joins new signing’s Christian Fuchs, who also joined from the Bundesliga and Robert Huth who joined the club on a permanent deal after spending the latter half of the season on loan for the Foxes.

Okazaki is not the first Japanese international to ply their trade at the King Power Stadium after Yuki Abe’s brief stint at the club between 2010-2012.

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