Leeds United target Yosuke Ideguchi has indicated that his desire to join a club outside Japan has only increased since he broke into the Japan set-up.
Whites director of football Victor Orta has promised a surprise from Asia in the near future and there is speculation that the Whites have been tracking the Gamba Osaka midfielder with an eye on the January transfer window.
Gamba Osaka chairman Takashi Yamauchi all but confirmed Leeds interest in the Japan midfielder earlier this week when he said that he is expecting an offer from the Whites ahead of the winter window.
And it seems the player is also interested in a move to Europe as Ideguchi admits that since breaking into the national team set-up, his urge to move outside Japan has only increased.
A number of his Japan team-mates are already playing in Europe and the midfielder also wants to test his mettle outside the confines of Japanese football.
Ideguchi was quoted as saying by Japanese outlet Hochi: “There are a lot of people [in the Japan squad] playing abroad at top teams, so their level is high at training.
“This is normal.
“I want to go to such places like that.”
The 21-year-old made his debut for Japan in June this year and has earned four caps thus far.
However, a work permit is still expected to be the key obstacle in any move to England.