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Striker Yuta Toyokawa signed with English second-tier club Leeds United Friday, and was immediately loaned out to Belgian club KAS Eupen, the first-division club announced.

The 23-year-old Toyokawa entered the J. League with the Kashima Antlers in 2013, but was loaned out to second-division squad Fagiano Okayama in 2016, where he had 18 goals in 73 games.

Eupen director Christoph Henkel said, “We are very happy with our new player from Japan and welcome Yuta Toyokawa to Eupen.

“Toyokawa is a quick, dangerous striker and is sure to increase our team’s chances in the struggle to avoid relegation from the first division.”

According to the club’s website, Toyokawa, a former Japan under-23 international, will participate in Eupen’s training camp starting Jan. 7 in Doha and is expected play later in the month. Eupen are currently bottom of the table and in danger of demotion to the Belgium’s second division.

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