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J.League joy: Nagai and Neill are coming

The Japan Times has revealed that Nagoya Grampus may be about to significantly improve their squad with the re-signing of Kensuke Nagai on loan from Standard Liege of Belgium. Nagoya's general manager Kazumasa Kume said: 'It does nothing for Japanese soccer when a player that talented does not play. He himself has said he wants to be given a chance.'

The transfer deal has been quite protracted, to say the least, with the initial paperwork being completed in June. However, it looks like Nagai will now be available for Nagoya's clash at table-toppers Sanfrecce Hiroshima on 17th August.

 Grampus's recent form has been so impressive of late that it will be interesting to see whether Nagai is thrown straight into the action or whether he will have to bide his time on the bench. A win over Urawa Reds last weekend will have surprised those Arsenal fans who saw both J.League teams in action against their club. The Reds proved a much tougher nut to crack for the Gunners, so few were surprised that Urawa held a higher position in the league table. Nagoya are still 7 points behind that coveted third spot, despite the unexpected win, but who would bet against them making a late dash up the ladder, especially with Nagai returning?

Omiya Ardija may have something to say about that though, with Australia captain Lucas Neill set to bolster their squad. Although the transfer deadline kicks in on 16th August in Japan, Neill's a free agent so can move to Omiya at any time. Neill will be needed sooner rather than later, as Omiya are struggling to return to winning ways in the J.League.

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