More transfers rumours to be reported on, although this one is being reported in the Yomiuri Shimbun as effectively a done deal. A preliminary contractual agreement has apparently been reached with Gamba Osaka over the transfer of forward Kota Yoshihara, only some minor details remaining to be finalised.
Kota Yoshihara - a baby-faced assassin. Fingers crossed
Yoshihara, who will be 28 in February, began his career in the JFL with Consadole Sapporo in 1996, staying with the Hokkaido-based outfit following their step up to the J-League in 1998. He moved to Gamba in 2000 and has kept up a solid scoring record for most of that time, his J-League stats reading 64 goals in exactly 200 games. However, unsurprisingly he moved down the pecking order in 2005 as a result of the remarkable success of Masashi Oguro and Araujo, being redeployed in more of an attacking midfield role and scoring only twice in nineteen appearances.