Iran’s Persepolis have expressed interest in signing Japanese free agent Norio Suzuki, the local Tasnim News Agency reported over the weekend.
The 31-year-old began his career with FC Tokyo in 2002, making 100 league appearances in six seasons. After a year and a half with Vissel Kobe he transferred to Ligue 2 side Angers SCO before returning to the J-League in 2010, where he has since played for Omiya Ardija and Vegalta Sendai.
Suzuki, who was most active as a defender in the prime of his career, registered as a midfielder in 2013 and was used as an attacking ‘super-sub’ for Vegalta last year with 10 J1 appearances.
Persepolis, currently ranked ninth in the Gulf Pro League, are thought to be in the market for defensive reinforcements ahead of their 2015 AFC Champions League campaign. They will compete in Group A with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr, Qatar’s Lekhwiya, and the winner of a playoff between Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor and UAE’s Al-Jazira.