Hayao Kawabe: Wolves sign Japanese midfielder from Grasshopper Club Zurich | Football News

The Wolves have signed Japanese international midfielder Hayao Kawabe from the Swiss Super League team Grasshopper Club Zurich.

The 26-year-old will become the club’s first Japanese player and will join Wolves on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Kawabe is expected to return to Switzerland on loan at the end of January to complete the remainder of the season with Grasshoppers.

Of the signing, Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said: “Of course, Hayao is a player we have watched a lot and he has done really well this season.

“He is an attacking midfielder, very energetic, very committed and has good quality. He has really shone at Grasshoppers this year and is one of the main reasons why they are doing so well.

“Due to GBE’s criteria for signing international players, Hayao is a player who can sign for a British club this month but may not be in the future which is why we have moved now to confirm his signing.

“Hayao will be spending January with Bruno’s team while the Swiss Super League is on their winter break, so he will probably return to Grasshoppers to finish the season there as he has been an important player for them so far this season.”

Kawabe joined Grasshoppers from Sanfrecce Hiroshima last summer and scored four goals as well as providing three assists in his 18 appearances for the Swiss side.

The midfielder made his senior international debut in Japan against South Korea in March 2021 and has since made three more international appearances, scoring his first international goal against Tajikistan in a World Cup qualifier in June.

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