Shinji Okazaki - The Footballing World

Okazaki desires Premier League move

Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks, and has already been the subject of a failed bid from Leicester City.

Upon hearing the Foxes had lodged an £8million bid for his services, the Japan international admitted that it would be a “dream” to move to England and play in the English Premier League.

Since making his move from VfB Stuttgart to Mainz in 2013, Okazaki has hit an impressive 25 goals in 54 appearances, and his performances have attracted many admirers from England, with the Gunners and Reds said to have scouted him on a number of occasions.

The apparent frontrunner seems to be Nigel Pearson’s Leicester although their imminent signing of Croation striker Andrej Kramaric casts doubt over this move.

Despite the attention, the 84-times capped Okazaki is keeping his feet on the ground – even though he admits he’d love to play in England one day.

“I haven’t heard all the details personally and I am not overvaluing myself but obviously it is nice to get that kind of offer,” he told Kyodo News.

“It has been a dream of mine since my youth to play in the Premier League and I have been watching the Premier League since I turned pro.”

“I am not saying that the level is higher than the Bundesliga but the leagues have a different kind of quality and different culture.”

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