Yoshida tops all 10 Japanese Prem stars as Tottenham target chases move

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Eintracht Frankfurt playmaker Daichi Kamada wants to be the 11th Japanese star to play in the Premier League to date, amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur in his potential transfer.

The 25-year-old is eager to test himself on English shores next season after five years with Die Adler. Kamada left his homeland and Sagan Tosu for Germany in 2017, but is entering the final year of his contract at Deutsche Bank Park this summer after 132 appearances.

His potentially final outing for the Bundesliga outfit saw Eintracht Frankfurt win the Europa League against Rangers in May. He played the full 120 minutes in Seville and scored during the penalty shoot-out. Kamada had also scored five and created once on route to the final.

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Kamada dreams of Premier League move amid interest from Tottenham

Now, Frankfurter Rundschau claim Kamada wants to play in the Premier League from next season amid interest from Tottenham. Sport Bild reported in May that the 25-year-old had impressed Spurs with his form in the Europa League, but Sevilla were also exploring a deal.

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Yet the English top-flight would be a dream destination for Kamada, as the Premier League is the ultimate goal for Japanese players. Eintracht Frankfurt would not necessarily stand in the 19-cap international’s way should he target pastures new during the off-season, either.

Die Adler also value Kamada at under € 10m (£ 8.5m), with any transfer expected to raise a fee in the high single-digit million range. He has possibly already been replaced at Deutsch Bank Par, too, with Oliver Glasner signing Mario Gotze off PSV Eindhoven for € 4m (£ 3.5m).

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Kamada was a key part of Glasner’s plans last season, but Gotze’s arrival and the Ehime-born playmaker’s contract expiring in 2023 puts his future at Eintracht Frankfurt in doubt. The attacking midfielder played 46 times in all competitions for nine goals and four assists.

Tottenham now stepping up their interest in Kamada, with Eintracht Frankfurt prepared to sell him for less than € 10m, would make the Higashiyama High School product the 11th Japanese player to grace the Premier League. So, how did the previous 10 fare in England?

Yoshida enjoyed longest career to inspire Kamada amid Tottenham interest

Maya Yoshida recorded the longest career by a Japanese player in the Premier League thus far during eight years at Southampton, to potentially now inspire Kamada with Tottenham interested in the Eintracht Frankfurt playmaker making the move to England this summer.

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The Saints signed Yoshida from VVV-Venlo for £ 2m in 2012 after he captained Japan at the Olympics that year. And he would stay on the south coast through to the summer of 2020 and joining Sampdoria after a six-month loan, having played in 154 Premier League games.

Okazaki a Premier League winner to inspire Kamada amid Tottenham interest

Kamada can also draw inspiration from Shinji Okazaki amid interest from Tottenham in the Eintracht Frankfurt technician. Leicester City signed the 119-cap Japan forward from Mainz in 2015 after avoiding relegation, and would go on to win the Premier League that season.

Okazaki played 36 games under Claudio Ranieri on the route to the historic achievement, and offered five goals plus two assists. He would then stay at the King Power Stadium to 2019 and joining Malaga, following 114 Premier League matches for 14 goals and seven assists.

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Inamoto boasts most Premier League games by a Japanese midfielder

Junichi Inamoto boasts the most Premier League appearances by a Japanese midfielder so far with 66. The 82-cap international moved to England on loan at Arsenal in 2001, but he only played cup games, before making 41 league outings for Fulham and 25 at West Bromine.

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Minamino to leave Liverpool this summer in fourth-place for appearances

Takumi Minamino is likely to leave Liverpool this summer sitting fourth for Premier League appearances by Japanese players. Fabrizio Romano reports the 27-year-old – who has 30 games for the Reds and 10 at Southampton – has agreed to join Monaco for € 15m (£ 13m).

Kagawa struggled in the Premier League during the Manchester United spell

Shinji Kagawa struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League during his spell at Manchester United from 2012 to 2014. After costing the Red Devils £ 17m, the 98-cap star returned to Borussia Dortmund two years later after 38 top-flight appearances for £ 6.5m.

Muto made his move to England with Newcastle from 2018 to 2021

Yoshinori Muto made his move to England with Newcastle United in 2018 for £ 9.5m but he left St James’ Park in 2021 for free. The Magpies’ arrival from Mainz never found his home on Tyneside before the Tokyo native returned to Japan after one goal in 25 league fixtures.

Tomiyasu proving to be a star at Arsenal after summer 2021 switch

Takehiro Tomiyasu is proving to be a star in the Premier League after joining Arsenal from Bologna for £ 15.5m last August. The right-back instantly cemented himself as the Gunners’ first-choice, offering solidity in the position, but calf injuries held him to 21 league games.

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Tottenham would hope for more from Kamada than Bolton got from Nakata

Tottenham would hope to see more from Kamada than Bolton Wanderers managed to get from Hidetoshi Nakata, amid Antonio Conte’s interest in the Eintracht Frankfurt star. The 77-cap Japan ace provided just one goal and no assists in 21 Premier League appearances.

Miyachi failed to establish a Premier League presence with three clubs

Ryo Miyachi failed to establish a presence in the Premier League with three clubs over four years in England. Arsenal signed the winger from Chukyo HS in 2011, before loan moves to Bolton and Wigan Athletic returned 12 and four league outings and his sole Gunners game.

Kamada may fear Toda repeat amid interest from Tottenham this summer

Kamada may fear repeating Kazuyuki Toda’s issues at Tottenham, with the north London club interested in his transfer. Toda moved to England with Spurs on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse in 2003 for his sole spell in the Premier League, but he only made four appearances.

In other news, Transfer talk: Everton want ex-Liverpool star, teenager set to join Leeds United

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