Japanese midfielder poised for Leicester City move

Japan international Yuki Abe is on his way to Leicester City from Urawa Reds, officials from the J.League club have confirmed.

Japan international Yuki Abe is on his way to Leicester City from Urawa Reds, officials from the J.League club have confirmed.

The 28-year-old defensive midfielder departed for England on Wednesday to finalise negotiations and undergo a medical with the Foxes.

Abe has 49 caps for Japan but has not made the required number of international appearances to be granted a work permit.

However, Urawa Reds general manager Koichi Hashiratani believes the fact Abe was an ever-present for Japan at the World Cup in South Africa with make him a special exception.

"Having played in all four World Cup matches I think he will clear that hurdle," said Hashiratani on Kyodo News.

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