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SportWolves set to win race for Japanese international Nakajima

14:45  06 december  2018
14:45  06 december  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Southampton looking on as Wolves Nakajima deal in doubt

Southampton looking on as Wolves Nakajima deal in doubt Southampton have been given hope in their chase for Japanese midfielder Shoya Nakajima, with Wolves’ transfer deal in doubt. Wolves had been leading the chase for Nakajima, who plays his football in Portugal for Portimonese. According to Record.Pt, Wolves negotiations with Portimonese have stalled, and other sides could jump in to steal the deal away from the Black Country side. Southampton and Leicester City have an interest in Nakajima, whilst Ukranian and German sides also chase the 24 year old. Rodiney Sampaio, a key figure in the backroom at the Portuguese side, said: “I said last week that there was a 20 percent gap to close the transfer of Nakajima to Wolverhampton and since then no steps have been taken so that other interested parties can come up with better conditions.” Nakajima is expected to fly out to play in the Asian Cup for Japan, which takes place in January. However he has become a key player in the Portuguese top flight, and made his Japan debut earlier this year.

There has been a total of 20 Formula One drivers from Japan , with varying degrees of success. The first Japanese Formula One driver was Hiroshi Fushida. He qualified for the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix, but a blown engine prevented him from starting the race .

Kazuki Nakajima (中嶋 一貴 Nakajima Kazuki, born January 11, 1985) is a professional racing driver who drove in Formula One for the Williams-Toyota team from 2007 to 2009.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to sign Japanese winger Shoya Nakajima from Portuguese club Portimonense.

As reported by Portuguese outlet A Bola, Wolves look set to finalise a €20m deal for the player, beating competition from Premier League rivals Southampton and Leicester City.

Shoya has scored five times and provided four assists in just 11 appearances in the Portuguese top-flight this campaign.

The 24-year-old also has six international caps under his belt, and would therefore bring a reasonable amount of experience to Molineux.

Wolves set to win race for Japanese international Nakajima © Koji Watanabe/Getty Images Sport Koji Watanabe/Getty Images Sport

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo isn’t short of options on the flanks, with Diogo Jota and Helder Costa being his preferred partnership. He also has £18m summer signing Adama Traore and Ivan Cavaliero at his disposal.

Leicester could swoop for Nakajima as Wolves talks stall

Leicester could swoop for Nakajima as Wolves talks stall Leicester target Shoya Nakajima has seen his talks with Wolves stall, meaning the Foxes could still be in for the Japanese midfielder. Wolves had been reportedly close to sealing a deal for Nakajima, who plays his football in Portugal for Portimonese. According to Record.pt, Wolves negotiations with Portimonese have stalled, and other sides could jump in to steal the deal away from the Black Country side. Southampton and Leicester City have an interest in Nakajima, whilst Ukranian and German sides also chase the 24-year-old. Rodiney Sampaio, a key figure in the backroom at the Portuguese side, said: “I said last week that there was a 20 percent gap to close the transfer of Nakajima to Wolverhampton and since then no steps have been taken so that other interested parties can come up with better conditions.” Nakajima is expected to fly out to play in the Asian Cup for Japan, which takes place in January.

Satoru Nakajima (中嶋 悟 Nakajima Satoru, born 23 February 1953) is a former racing driver from Japan . Nakajima was born into a farming family living just outside Okazaki, Japan . He began driving cars in his early teens in the family's garden with his older brother giving him tips

Nakajima Racing is a Super Formula and Super GT team organized and founded by Satoru Nakajima in 1983. The team has fielded four championship winners in the Formula Nippon racing series: Tom Coronel, Toranosuke Takagi, Ralph Firman and Loïc Duval.

Speaking about Shoya at the end of October, Portimonense vice president Robson Ponte suggested there was significant interest in the star.

He said:

“ The harassment has been enormous, so it will be difficult to secure it, but we only release it for an irrefutable proposal.”

The winger is contracted to his current club until 2020, but that is unlikely to put the Wolves hierarchy off.

Wolves set to win race for Japanese international Nakajima © Koji Watanabe/Getty Images Sport Portimonense SC v CD Tondela - Liga NOS

Doherty: Wolves owners want league title in five or six years.
Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Matt Doherty has revealed the lofty ambitions held by club owners Fosun International. Speaking to the Offside Rule Podcast, as quoted by the Express and Star, Doherty explained that the club are keen to qualify for European competition before winning the Premier League in five or six years time. Wolves have made a strong start to their return to the top-flight and currently sit 11th in the table ahead of tonight’s clash with relegation-threatened Cardiff City. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have held both Manchester clubs and Arsenal to a draw so far this campaign but have suffered a dip in form in recent weeks. Four of their last five matches have resulted in defeat, but the 26-year-old insists the club’s ambitions have not been dented. He said: “The vision for [Wolves’ owners] is probably to get into Europe first, finish in the top six or seven. And then I think they want to win the league in the next five or six years.” “I imagine [a Premier League title] is the goal. It’s obviously really exciting to be able to be a part of it now, at the start of it. Hopefully, I can stay here for when that happens.” Doherty himself has been one of Wolves’ standout players this term, featuring regularly and claiming the PFA’s fans’ Player of the Month award for September.

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