Saints sign Rento Takaoka on pre-contract

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Southampton Football Club are pleased to confirm the signing of Japanese youth international Rento Takaoka on an initial pre-contract agreement.

The 17-year-old forward will remain in Japan with his current side, Nissho Gakuen High School, until he turns 18 in March and will officially join the club.

Takoaka has enjoyed a successful start to his fledgling career, scoring regularly at club and international level, as he most recently impressed at the 2023 Under-17 World Cup.

The youngster scored four times in the group stages as Japan matched their second-best finish in the tournament by reaching the round of 16 in Indonesia.

We look forward to welcoming Rento to the club when he officially joins in March 2025.

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