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Junitchi Inamoto

has signed.

Sounds a pretty good deal for us.
We don't have to pay until he plays, so no risk if he doesn't recover from injury, and the fee is only 200K, a bargain at today's prices!

2.5 years contract plus an option on a third, and may be able to play from October if his recovery continues on schedule.

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Inamoto "grateful" to Baggies
By Oliver Bhurrut

JUNICHI Inamoto arrived at The Hawthorns today (Tuesday) and quickly thanked
Albion for giving him another chance to shine in the Premiership.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who celebrates his birthday on Saturday, put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year Baggies deal in a transfer deadline day switch from Gamba Osaka.

And he was delighted to finally be unveiled as a Baggies player to the world's media after spending the last two weeks at a specialist sports clinic in Japan where he has been receiving treatment for the hairline leg fracture he suffered in a 1-1 draw with England in June.

"When I got injured I was really frustrated because I was worried about whether I could get another contract but then West Brom came onto me and gave me a chance for which I am really grateful," said Inamoto.

"I'd like to get back to 100 per cent condition and give everything to the team.

"I've been working on rehab for the last three months in Japan and trying to rebuild the muscle.

"I'm looking forward to working with the team now and working with the team doctors to get back to full fitness as soon as possible."

In the unlikelihood the Kagoshima-born playmaker does not regain full
fitness and fails to make a senior appearance before January 1, Albion will
have the option to release him without paying a transfer fee.

But Inamoto, who has spent the last three seasons on loan at Arsenal and
Fulham and has 50 international appearances to his name, is confident he can
return to top-flight action as early as October.

"The broken bone is pretty much okay and ready for me to resume training,"
he added.

"But the ligament is still a little bit sore and I need a little bit more
time for that to heal completely.

"I should be able to play a little bit by October which is my target.

"I'd like to get in the team and try and fit in.

"We may face a relegation battle but I will work hard to get more points for the team.

"I am quite confident of getting back within the time limit and I think it
is quite good positive pressure to get back my fitness.

"I'm grateful the manager has given me this chance and I'd like to give 100
per cent in trying to meet his expectations."

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Inamoto back in training Sep 24 2004



By Staff Reporter, Evening Mail

Inamoto is nearing a return to first-team action after he resumed
training.

The Japanese international, who is recovering from a broken leg,
trained with Albion for the first time yesterday.

The midfielder came to England 10 days ago after completing his course
of rehabilitation in his homeland.

Gary Megson has not set a date for Inamoto's return, but is encouraged
by his recent signing's progress.

"He trained yesterday morning for the first time," said the manager.

"Obviously, coming back from the lay-off he was bound to be a bit
rusty but his ability on the ball was still there.

"He has started his rehab with the other players - it was certainly
nice to see him out there.

"He looked shattered but he has done everything that was expected of
him and is making big strides. "

Megson is likely to be without Paul Robinson for tomorrow's trip to
Tyneside.

Robinson has a knee injury, but the problem is not as bad as first
feared with the ex-Watford man likely to be in contention for a return to
first-team action against Bolton next Saturday.

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'Ina' targetting November return




By Oliver Bhurrut


JUNICHI Inamoto has targetted a Premiership comeback early next month after
he got a second successive 90 minutes under his belt for Albion reserves
last night (Monday).


The Japanese international looked strong throughout the 3-1 defeat to
ManchesterCity at The Hawthorns and insisted his confidence is growing after
suffering a hairline leg fracture in June.


If all goes according to plan the Baggies midfielder will be available for
selection to travel to his former club Arsenal, where he never made a league
appearance, on Saturday, November 20.


"My rehabilitation has been going well and I think I'll be fully fit by the
end of the month," said Inamoto.


"I think I will be ready for first team action in early November.


"My left ankle isn't perfect as yet but as I've been playing I'm getting the
confidence now.


"I hope I'm going to be ready for the important games and that I can
contribute to the team."


The 25-year-old ace realises he has the eyes of Japan watching his progress
in England's top flight.


And he admitted he feels he has something to prove after being restricted to
24 Premiership starts over the last two seasons on loan at Fulham.


He added: "I don't think I've properly established myself in the Premiership
as yet so as I'm representing Japan as a player I would like to make some
sort of contribution and prove myself."

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Inamoto bill is Megson's gift
Nov 4 2004
By Chrislepkowski, Evening Mail

Gary Megson left Albion with a parting gift - a Ł200,000 bill for
Inamoto.

The recently-departed Baggies manager named the midfielder as a
substitute in his final match in charge at Crystal Palace, despite
claiming the player was still not fully fit.

It has now emerged the Japanese international's inclusion in the
first-team squad triggered a clause that was part of the deal struck
between Albion and his former club Gamba Osaka.

When the 25-year-old joined the club in August he was still undergoing
rehabilitation for his broken leg.

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As a result, Albion included a stipulation they would only be required
to pay a transfer fee of Ł200,000 if the player recovered from injury
and was included in the first 16 before January, otherwise they would be
entitled to release him.

It was initially thought Albion would only need to pay if, or when,
Inamoto kicked a ball for the first-team, but both clubs have now
confirmed the condition of the contract has been fulfilled.

Inamoto's surprise appearance as an unused substitute, following a
handful of reserve games, means Albion will now have to cough up.

His inclusion was a mystery as Megson claimed at the time he had 'no
other midfield players' to call upon --despite Artim Sakiri, Adam
Chambers and James O'Connor, who has since gone on loan to Burnley, all
capable of fulfilling that role.

Inamoto, who is still struggling to reclaim his fitness, had earmarked
this Saturday's clash against Southampton for his return.

But even if the ex-Fulham loanee fails to be ready in time then he may
still be included in the pre-match build-up.

Caretaker manager Frank Burrows said: "We may take Inamoto to
Southampton with us.

"I'm not sure whether he will be on the bench but I want him to get used
to the atmosphere.

"He is doing extra training and is still not 100 per cent but he is
getting better."

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Its not exactly the sort of thing a responsible manager would do, we had other players available for selection. Very naughty.

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Inamoto called into Japan squad

West Brom midfielder Junichi Inamoto has been named in Japan's squad for next week's friendly against Germany. Inamoto has not played for Japan since breaking his leg in June and has yet to make his Baggies debut following his move from Gamba Osaka in August.

But Japan coach Zico believes the 25-year-old is fit enough to play in the game in Yokohama on 16 December.

Zico said: "Inamoto is in good physical shape and as it is not a must-win game it is a good chance for him."

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"Lawrence sets Japanese deadline Dec 20 2004
Terry Phillips, South Wales Echo


LENNIE Lawrence wants to complete the signing of West Bromwich
Albion's Junichi Inamoto by Thursday.

"If it's going to happen I want everything completed by Thursday,"
said Lennie Lawrence.

West Brom manager Bryan Robson has agreed to Japanese international
Inamoto, 25, joining the Bluebirds on loan and Lawrence will now talk
with him.

The arrival of a new player is now urgent with Graham Kavanagh
suspended from the next two matches.

And Inamoto, a former Arsenal and Fulham player, could be the man to
spark City's misfiring midfield."

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Ina joins Cardiff on loan









JUNICHI Inamoto has joined Championship outfit Cardiff on a month's loan to
improve his match fitness.

The Japan international, who signed for the Baggies in August, will be
eligible for the Bluebirds' Boxing Day clash against Albion's Black Country
neighbours Wolves.

Inamoto's loan will also cover the games against Watford, Derby, Nottingham
Forest, Leeds and Burnley and his Ninian Park stay will then be reviewed by
both clubs.

Albion boss Bryan Robson said: "Ina's short of match fitness and the Cardiff
manager, Lennie Lawrence, has been in touch to say he would like to use Ina.

"With all the Christmas games coming up, that will be a better way for me to
have a look at him rather than him being a training ground player.

"He needs to play football to get match fit.

"If he can impress me by playing well for Cardiff, we'll be looking to bring
Ina back."

The 25-year-old midfielder will miss Cardiff's third-round FA Cup clash
against Blackburn to avoid him becoming cup-tied should Albion need his
services later in the competition.

The former Gamba Osaka ace has been restricted to eight reserve outings at
The Hawthorns and has yet to make a first team appearance for the Baggies on
his comeback from the hairline leg fracture he suffered against England in
June.

But he returned to international action for the first time last Thursday
when he captained Japan in a 3-0 friendly defeat to Germany in Yokohama.

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Cardiff hope for Inamoto go-ahead

Cardiff v Blackburn
Cardiff City are trying to persuade West Brom to allow Junichi Inamoto
to play for the Bluebirds in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie with
Blackburn.
The Japan midfielder is on a month's loan from West Brom and Cardiff
were told not to use him in cup matches.

But with Paul Parry, Willie Boland and Joe Ledley out injured, Cardiff
are short of fit midfielders.

Finnish midfielder Toni Koskela will be on the bench if West Brom deny
Cardiff permission to use Inamoto.

Koskela, who has just signed on a six-month deal from Finnish side FC
KooTeePeen, scored twice for Cardiff's reserves on Wednesday.

Lawrence has described Saturday's match against Blackburn at Ninian
Park as a "great chance to take a Premiership scalp".

He was a recent appointment as director of football three years ago
when Cardiff, then in the old Second Division, beat Leeds United who were
flying high at the top of the Premiership.



"That day is in the history of Cardiff for ever more," Lawrence told
BBC Wales Sport. "It will rank as one of the all time great upsets because
of where Leeds were at the time and what happened to them afterwards.

"It would be very nice to beat Blackburn but I don't think it would
rank as an equivalent feet to the club beating Leeds."

The match will also bring Cardiff's Wales internationals together with
Mark Hughes for the first time since he quit the national job to charge of
Blackburn last September.

Hughes struggled in his new role at first, managing just one win in
his first 10 matches. But, as Lawrence expected, Blackburn are now showing
signs of improvement

"He probably got in there and thought 'this is tougher than I
thought', but he's very professional, his preparation and attention to
detail is second to none," said Lawrence.





"He made an immediate impact when he first took on the Welsh job;
perhaps it'll take a little longer for those standards to take root at
Blackburn.

"But there are definitely signs that is happening, that's why they are
improving."

Surprisingly, there are no all-Premiership ties in this year's third
round - and if Lawrence had his way, that is how it would be every year.

"I think it's the best third round for many, many years," he said.
"The spirit of the Cup means that people are interested in the small clubs
playing against the big clubs - the upsets.

"We played Sheffield United last year, and no disrespect to them, but
that's nothing. You don't want to play against teams in your own league.

"I think its great for the competition that there are no
all-Premiership teams.

"Having Coca-Cola clubs playing against Premiership clubs provides
much more interest and talking points."

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Inamoto 'Cardiff's inspiration'



Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence says on-loan midfielder Junichi
Inamoto is responsible for his side's revival.
"It's taken Ina coming here to spark us," said Lawrence, whose side is
now unbeaten in five games.

"He balances up the team and gets better with every game. There's
still a lot more to come from him.

"You'd have to ask West Brom why he's not in their plans, but I'm just
happy for him to be at Cardiff. I hope he's here next month and the month
after."

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West Brom midfielder Junichi Inamoto will complete his three-month loan deal
at Cardiff despite the Championship club's deepening financial problems.

With players and staff still waiting to be paid for last month, there were
concerns former Arsenal and Fulham star Inamoto would have to be sent back
to the Hawthorns.

However, Inamoto's representative Ryo Inoue said: "Junichi is more than
happy to complete his loan spell with Cardiff City.

"Manager Lennie Lawrence has said nothing to us and Junichi will be doing
his best to help the team gain three points against Sheffield United on
Saturday."

Inamoto's loan deal runs out on March 19, making him available for the games
against the Blades, Coventry, Ipswich and Crewe.

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INAMOTO POISED FOR BAGGIES ACTION



Junichi Inamoto is poised for his first taste of senior action with West
Brom at the start of what manager Bryan Robson regards as a vital six days
in the club's bid to stay in the Barclays Premiership.

Japanese star Inamoto has been included in the squad for the two away games
with Tottenham on Wednesday and Robson's former club Middlesbrough on
Saturday which will be followed by next Tuesday's re-arranged home clash
with Blackburn.

The midfielder, signed from Gamba Osaka last summer, impressed Robson during
a loan spell with Coca-Cola Championship club Cardiff City.

Inamoto was on the substitute's bench for the away match at Crystal Palace
in October and, even though he was not used, his inclusion in the 16 meant
Albion had to pay Ł200,000 to Gamba in what proved to be Gary Megson's last
game as Baggies manager.

Robson is intending to rotate his squad over the next week as they look to
build on a run of 10 points from the last five games.

The Albion boss said: "It is a big week for us in the context of our season.
We've got three games in six games and I've told the lads that more or less
every squad player will get a chance to prove themselves in this period.

"I think nowadays you've got to rotate when you play so many games in a
short period, given the pace that the game is played at. I've got to try and
look at the best balance for each game.

"They will all get the chance somewhere down the line and Inamoto has looked
a lot stronger since he came back from Cardiff and the games there on loan
have really helped him.

"He's in the squad which will travel to Tottenham and then straight onto
Middlesbrough afterwards and he has got a realistic chance of being
involved.

"It is tough playing three games so close together and, in the areas where
people use a lot of energy, you've got to look at where you can freshen it
up."

Robson has to find a replacement for left winger Jonathan Greening who will
start a three-match ban at White Hart Lane for his sending-off against Aston
Villa for violent conduct.

Kieran Richardson, who has been playing in the centre of midfield, could
revert to the flank where he has been employed by Manchester United and
England Under-21s.

That will leave Inamoto, Riccardo Scimeca and Jason Koumas all vying for a
place alongside Ronnie Wallwork.

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Will West Brom keep him next season?
If injured and suspended players come back, he'll be out of bench again.
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Well the story goes that Inamoto had a bit of a confidence problem after breakign his leg. He found it hard to get back playing how he did, was very wary of tackles etc.

He went on loan to Cardiff to get the confidence back, and I think it is coming back. Give him a full pre-season and I think he'll be back to himself. He has come on recently and I think he's looked very good. But as Robson didn't sign him I dont really know if he'll want to keep him. Personally I hope he does, no matter where we end up. Quality is quality.

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good to see Ina back in the top flight, Balis if he plays you will probably notice an increase in Japanese visitors to the West Bromwich area, especially now the summer is arriving.




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Ina thanks Bluebirds for swooping

Junichi Inamoto has thanked Cardiff City for helping him get his
Premiership career back on track as he prepares to return to Ninian Park
with Albion on Sunday (ko 3pm).

The Japan international failed to make a first-team appearance in his
first four months with the Baggies before the Bluebirds swooped to take
him on a three-month loan in December.

He made 16 appearances for the Championship outfit as he completed his
comeback from the broken leg he suffered in June 2004.

And, after returning to The Hawthorns and making his Albion debut in a
1-1 draw at Tottenham in April, he impressed in games against Benfica
and Sporting Lisbon on the Baggies' pre-season tour to Portugal.

"I have happy memories of Cardiff," said Inamoto. "Going there enabled
me to play football at a fast pace again and I got my condition back to
where it needed to be. I have no worries about my leg whatsoever now, I
feel back to my best and I am ready for the Premiership again. The tour
of Portugal went well for me and I hope I have done enough to break into
the first-team."

The 25-year-old midfielder had a hectic summer after helping Japan
become the first team to qualify for next year's World Cup and then
playing in the Confederations Cup until June 22.

But he believes the extra games have proved more of a help than a
hindrance and he is determined to prove a Premiership hit for Bryan
Robson's men.

"I played a lot of games for the national team over the summer but I got
two weeks off and I feel fresh again now," Inamoto added. "The
international games helped me get sharper and helped me mentally. I am
looking forward to playing in the World Cup and it could be a great
season for me if I can play regular first-team football for West Brom."

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INAMOTO has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Championship clubs - conceding he may seek a move away from The Hawthorns in January's transfer window.

The Japanese international has found his first-team opportunities limited this season, having started just one Premiership game and not played since Albion's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea six weeks ago.


Despite a run of poor results, Bryan Robson has resisted the temptation to recall the ex-Arsenal and Fulham loanee, despite a clamour from many Albion supporters for his inclusion.


The reasons for Inamoto's slide down Albion's pecking order remain unclear but sources in Japan claim that he has yet to convince Baggies boss Robson that he can cope with the demands of playing regular first-team football in the Premiership.


The 26-year-old is desperate for first-team football, especially as Japan have already qualified for next year's World Cup.


And with friendly games against Ukraine and Latvia coming up, 'Ina' is hoping to showcase his talents with a view to a possible transfer away from the Hawthorns in January.


In the meantime, the ex-Gamba Osaka man may seek a loan move to a Championship club.


"I may look to go out on loan," said Inamoto, who spent three months on loan with Cardiff last season. "In the reserves there are not many games where you can test yourself but I have had experience in the Championship and feel I can offer something.


"My condition improved a lot when I went to Cardiff last year and with the World Cup coming up I want to be playing regularly.


"If it's for one or two months then I would be willing to go out on loan - it's much better for me to be playing first-team football than for the reserves.


"The fact I am not playing regular first-team football during a World Cup year is frustrating for me. I have spoken to the manager and what was said between us will remain private but I have taken that on board and am working hard.


"But with these European games coming up for Japan I hope I can show other people what I am capable of.


"Who knows if I do well it may open up the opportunity of a month in January."


Inamoto has been linked with a move back to Ninian Park, although I understand that is nothing more than speculation - especially as Lennie Lawrence, who took him loan last season, is no longer manager of the Bluebirds.

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Inamoto doesn't seem to have it for EPL football, he should try another country where he might be able to adapt better, he is pissing his career away here.




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yeah its sort of sad.

I have hearda rumour that he's not always turning up for training and Robson has told him while he doesn't turn up he wont be included in the squad. Dont know how true this is though, but sounds a plausible reason as to his non-appearance.

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