Japan striker Lee to join Southampton

Japan striker Lee to join Southampton

Published Jan. 13, 2012 4:02 a.m. ET

Japan striker Tadanari Lee has signed to join English League Championship side Southampton.

Lee's former J-League team Sanfrecce Hiroshima announced the transfer on its website Friday after the 26-year-old received his work permit from British authorities.

Lee scored 15 goals in 32 league games last year for Sanfrecce. In his career so far, he has 42 goals in 147 J-League first division appearances.

South Korean by birth, Lee became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 2007 so he could play at the Beijing Olympics. He scored the winning goal last January as Japan beat Australia to win a record fourth Asian Cup.