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Struggling Albirex Niigata have come to terms on a deal to make Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes their new manager and are finalizing the agreement, a source close to the matter said Wednesday.

Lopes was tapped to take the reins after Fumitake Miura, who was placed on leave by the J. League first division side last weekend, offered to resign as manager after last Friday’s 3-0 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.

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