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Tokyo Verdy striker Takayuki Morimoto has received an offer to play for Italian League club Catania, officials of the J. League second-division club said Monday.

According to Tokyo Verdy, a fax arrived on Saturday with theoffer from Catania, who will be promoted to the top flight this season.

The 18-year-old Morimoto plans to begin talks with Catania soon. Morimoto became the youngest ever player at 15 years, 11 months, 28 days to score a goal in a J. League match in May 2004.

He was also named the Rookie of the Year the same season. Last year, Morimoto appeared in the Under-20 world youth tournament.

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