Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hammer blow for Maeda’s English dream

Japan striker Ryoichi Maeda’s transfer to England’s West Ham United has collapsed, his J-League club Jubilo Iwata said on Sunday.

The 30-year-old, who scored 14 goals in 28 league appearances last season, had been training with the English Championship (second division) side with a view to a move.

Iwata President Hiroyuki Yoshino told Japanese media: “We understand they were unable to agree terms.”

While Maeda’s chances of a European move faded, however, Jubilo and Japan team mate Yuichi Komano is set for a switch to Belgium’s Sint-Truiden.

Versatile defender Komano helped Japan reach the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup but missed the penalty in a shootout against Paraguay which cost them a spot in the quarter-finals.

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