Southampton have completed the signing of Japan defender Maya Yoshida, subject to international clearance.
Yoshida, 24, moves to the Premier League from Dutch mid-table Eredivisie side VVV-Venlo on a three-year deal.
The centre back, capped 17 times by his country, captained Japan to fourth at the London Olympics, scoring in their
3-0 last-eight win over Egypt.
"To come to the Premier League was one of my biggest dreams since I was a child," Yoshida
said in a statement.
Saints boss Nigel Adkins added: "He is good with both feet and has a good physical presence about him."
Yoshida becomes the second Japan international at St Mary's, joining international team-mate Tadanari Lee.