Japan defender Tulio Tanaka next on Roberto's list?

Tulio: On his way to the DW?

Tulio: On his way to the DW?

It seems this international break has been the perfect opportunity for Roberto Martinez to concentrate on increasing his squad in January’s transfer window.

If sources are to be believed, then not only are the Latics moving in for two South American internationals but also Japanese international defender Tulio Tanaka.

Perhaps surprisingly for a centre half, he’s already bagged six goals in 30 appearances for his country plus 45(!) in 150 matches for his club, Urawa Red Diamonds. What’s more, Tanaka was born in Brazil, so I suppose you could say that makes three South American targets. But it isn’t, so we won’t.

I want to consult with my agent and make up my mind by 25th November after returning to Japan… I love Urawa Reds. This feeling of mine will never change if I leave the team. I love the supporters from the bottom of my heart. But I also want to care about my football life. — Tulio Tanaka via Sky Sports

Latics will face some tough competition for Tanaka should he decide to leave Urawa, with Feyonoord thought to be amongst a host of European clubs chasing his signature.

Cheers to VitalLatics for bringing that video to my attention.

Martinez will hold his first Fans’ Forum to discuss Tanaka, and almost literally anything else Latics-related, this evening at the DW Stadium. All tickets have been sold out for about a week now, so if you’re going and anybody in your party drops out please let us know because nobody at JWAW towers had the foresight to buy one. Thanks for letting me be a cheeky little so-and-so once again.

For those who are going, it’ll be a wonderful chance to meet Bob in person and quiz him about club affairs and such. Attendees also get a free hotpot, so I’m doubly jealous of those toddling along to Robin Park tonight.

Image courtesy Neier (CC).

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