Dundee United sign Japan's Eiji Kawashima
By Lawrie Anne Brown
Last Updated: 31/12/15 4:22pm
Dundee United have secured the signing of Japanese international goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, subject to international clearance.
The vastly experienced 'keeper has signed initially until the end of the season and is expected to train with his new team-mates before the end of the week.
He becomes the fourth major signing brought in by Mixu Paatelainen as United - 10 points adrift at the bottom - battle to secure their Premiership survival.
Eiji, who will wear the No 1 jersey, starred for Japan at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and has played 72 times for his country. He has most recently played for Standard Liege, leaving the Belgian club at the end of his three-year contract this summer.
One of the most recognisable football stars in the Japanese game, Eiji said, "Finally I'm able to join to Dundee United. I'm delighted to join this club.
"I will try to do all my best with my fighting spirit and my ambition as a player. I hope that can bring something different to the squad and also I hope I can use my experience as well. I'm looking forward to wearing the Dundee United jersey on the pitch soon."
Luis Maria Zwick began the season as the Tannadice No 1 but Michal Szromnik has worn the jersey for the last eight games.
Paatelainen said, "I am delighted that we have secured Eiji's signature. It has taken a bit longer than any of us would have liked but this is a fantastic coup for the club.
"Eiji will strengthen the competition in the goalkeeper's position. He is a seasoned professional who has played at major tournaments and this experience will help our young goalkeepers also. He is a strong character who has shown great desire to play for Dundee United and I look forward to working with him."