Nagai joins Standard from Grampus


Nagoya Grampus on Sunday announced that their Japan Olympic team striker Kensuke Nagai is joining Standard Liege.

Nagai, who agreed terms with Liege in midweek, will join the 10-time Belgian champions on a deal running through the summer of 2017, with the transfer fee thought to be €80,000 ($105,000).

“I will try to take my game up to the next level as I face my dream of playing overseas,” Nagai said in a club statement.

Liege already has Japan senior national team goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima on its books and 20-year-old striker Yuji Ono is also set to join the club from Yokohama F. Marinos.

The 23-year-old Nagai scored twice as Japan’s Under-23s reached the semifinals of the Olympics in London last summer.

The fleet-footed striker joined Nagoya from Fukuoka University in 2011. He made 30 appearances last season, scoring 10 goals.