Dundee United agree Eiji Kawashima deal

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Japan v UAE: Quarter Final - 2015 Asian Cup

goalkeeper has agreed to join Dundee United, subject to a work permit being granted.

The 32-year-old stopper has been without a club since being released by Standard Liege in the summer.

United head coach Mixu Paatelainen says Kawashima will bring “much needed experience” but will not automatically become first choice.

“He’s a seasoned professional with plenty caps – over 70 caps for Japan,” Paatelainen told BBC Scotland.

“He’s been to major tournaments. It would be nice if there was a possibility of Eiji joining us because he would help our young goalkeepers with his experience.

“It’s depending on a work permit. Eiji, we’ve agreed everything with him but obviously we can’t sign the contract until the work permit issue has been solved. I don’t know how long it takes.”

United lost last season’s first choice, Radoslaw Ciernziak, to Wisla Krakow in the close season.

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