Kashima Antlers close to deal for Brazilian striker

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    Rio de Janeiro, Dec 30 (IANS) Japanese football club Kashima Antlers are set to sign Brazilian striker Leandro on a one-year loan deal from Palmeiras, according to widespread media reports in Brazil.

    Xinhua quoted Brazilian publication Globo Esporte as reporting on Thursday that talks are in an advanced stage for a deal that would give the J League club the option of signing Leandro on a permanent contract next year.

    Leandro has spent the past two seasons on loan at Santos and Coritiba respectively.

    Last season the 23-year-old struggled to find his best form, netting just 12 times from 48 matches.

    Leandro has been capped once for Brazil’s national team, having also represented his country at the U-20 and U-21 levels.

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