Japanese Eiji Kawashima has joined Ligue 1 outfit FC Metz, signing a one-year deal with the French club.
The news comes as a surprise, as Kawashima was expected to join Dutch club NEC. However, the former Kawasaki Frontale has decided to join FC Metz.
The Japanese international player joined Dundee United in 2015 but failed to impress at the Scotish club.
His contract with the club was terminated following the team’s relegation from the Scottish top-flight league. As a result, he will join FC Metz as a free agent.
Eiji Kawashima made the move to Europe in 2010, joining Belgian club Lierse S.K. He left the club in 2012 to join Standard Liege, before moving to Scotland in 2015.
The veteran goalkeeper has also represented Japan on international level, participating in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Asian Cup, as well as the 2010 and 2014 World Cup.