Saints release Tadanari Lee

  • Last Updated: January 14 2014, 19:07 GMT

Southampton have released Japanese striker Tadanari Lee after he found himself out of the first-team picture.

Tadanari Lee: Leaves Southampton
Tadanari Lee: Leaves Southampton

The 28-year-old spent two years at St Mary's, joining from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, but after helping the team to promotion in 2012 could not establish himself as a Barclays Premier League player.

He did not make a league appearance in the top flight under Nigel Adkins or current boss Mauricio Pochettino, and had a spell on loan at FC Tokyo at the end of last season.

Southampton said on their website: "Southampton Football Club thanks Lee for his services and wishes the forward well in his future career."

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