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Adkins hails new signing Lee

26 January 2012 06:38

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins cannot wait to see Japan striker Tadanari Lee in action.

The 26-year-old, who scored the winning goal in the 2011 Asian Cup final in extra-time, joined the Saints from Sanfrecce Hiroshima on a two-and-a-half-year deal with the option for a further year.

Lee is now available to make his debut for the Championship club this Saturday against Millwall in the FA Cup.

"I am delighted to have secured the signing of Tadanari Lee. He is an international forward and a player with immense talent, who will add to our striking options," Adkins said in a club statement.

"He has a good attitude about him and possesses quality in the final third that will complement our other forwards. I'm very much looking forward to seeing him produce for the team."

"I have no doubts that he will settle in quickly because he has been made to feel very welcome by everyone at the club."

Lee said he was looking forward to making his debut for the club after the long process of obtaining a work permit and getting the paperwork done.

"I am very excited to join Southampton, it has been a long process, but I am now looking forward to joining my team-mates and playing football," he said.

"I feel good and ready, so will await the call from the manager on when I can put on the red and white shirt."

"I was made very welcome when I came to Southampton a few weeks ago, it is like a family here and everyone was very kind to me. I got such a warm feeling from being here because everyone is so friendly."

"I want to help the team to great things, we all want to get to the Premier League, and I am the same. I hope that I can show the fans that they can trust me to play my best for the club at all times."

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