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Melbourne Victory seal signing of Japan striker Keisuke Honda

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda
Keisuke Honda will move to the A-League this season.

Melbourne Victory confirmed the signing of Japanese superstar Keisuke Honda for the upcoming A-League season on Monday.

Honda is the highest-profile player to join the competition since David Villa's four-match loan stint at Melbourne City in 2014, and arguably the biggest name Victory has signed in the club's 13-year history.

The 32-year-old, who is expected to arrive in Melbourne next week, shapes as the new focal point in a retooled attack for the defending champions after the departure of striker...

Keisuke Honda eyes Melbourne Victory move and Tokyo Olympics place

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains why he doesn't see Usain Bolt's six-week A-League trial as anything more than a piece of commercialism.

Keisuke Honda is targeting a move to Melbourne Victory and a place in the Japan team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Honda, 32, announced his retirement from the national team last month after playing at his third World Cup and helping Japan reach the second round.

However, the forward said he would love the chance to star in his homeland as one of three overage players in the under-23 tournament.

"I have the aim of playing in the Tokyo Olympics in two years," he told AbemaTV. "One of the reasons...

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Newcastle sign Japan's Yoshinori Muto, as Rafa Benitez expresses concerns

Newcastle signed Japan forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz on a four-year contract on Thursday, hours after manager Rafa Benitez hinted at concerns over a lack of transfer spending following a 4-0 friendly defeat.

Newcastle said last week that they had reached an agreement with the Bundesliga club for the transfer. Muto's move was completed on Thursday after he was granted a work permit.

Muto, 26, has played 25 times for Japan and featured in one game at the recent World Cup, the 1-0 loss to Poland....

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Newcastle set to sign Japan forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz

LONDON -- Japan forward Yoshinori Muto is set to join Newcastle United from Mainz after the clubs struck a deal and the player agreed terms and had a medical, the Premier League team said on Friday.

Muto, who was part of Japan's World Cup squad in Russia, where he featured in the defeat by Poland, has been on Tyneside ahead the proposed move, which is subject to a work permit.

The English FA is due to hear the case next week to decide if Muto, who has not recently been a regular starter for Japan,...