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Brighton signal Kaoru Mitoma earlier than immediately sending him to Belgian aspect Royal Union Saint-Gilloise on mortgage switch

BRIGHTON signed Japan star Kaoru Mitoma – after which shipped him off to Belgium for the 12 months.

Albion signed Mitoma from J1 League aspect Kawasaki Frontale for an undisclosed price on a four-year deal.


Brighton signed Mitoma then shipped him out immediately on loanCredit: Getty

However they immediately loaned the 24-year-old to sister membership Royal Union Saint-Gilloise – additionally owned by Seagulls supremo Tony Bloom – for the season to realize European expertise.

Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth stated: “We’re delighted be capable of signal Kaoru, who arrives off the again of a few actually robust seasons in Japan.

“As a part of his improvement we’ve determined to mortgage him to Union Saint-Gilloise, to assist him turn into accustomed to European soccer, and check himself in a distinct atmosphere.

“He’s one we’ve tracked for some time, so we’re wanting ahead to seeing how he progresses within the subsequent 12 months and we shall be watching him intently throughout his time in Belgium.”

Mitoma was a part of the Japanese Olympic squad, which narrowly missed out on the bronze medal on residence turf.

However the winger managed to get on the score-sheet in Japan’s third-place 3-1 play-off loss to Mexico.

The Seagulls additionally plan so as to add Arsenal ace Eddie Nketiah to their listing of summer time recruits.

Their boss Graham Potter has put the younger Gunner on the high of his wished listing for the emptiness in his squad.

Brighton are hoping to land Nketiah, 22, for round £20million.

The striker has discovered it laborious to crack the primary group with Arsenal however is younger sufficient to nonetheless set up himself within the Premier League.

Nketiah made 17 Prem appearances for the Gunners final time period, scoring twice.

He additionally spent the second half of the 2019-20 marketing campaign on mortgage at Leeds, showing 17 instances within the Championship as they received the title.

Brighton have come into some money not too long ago after promoting England defender Ben White to Nketiah’s present employers Arsenal for £50m.

Arsenal signal Ben White in £50m switch from Brighton

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