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Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005

Gamba's Oguro to join Grenoble

OSAKA (Kyodo) Gamba Osaka and Japan striker Masashi Oguro will join French second-division club Grenoble on a multiyear full-transfer deal running from Jan. 2 next year, Grenoble general manager Kazuyoshi Tanabe said Saturday.

No other deals were immediately known on the contract for Oguro, who is slated to hold a press conference on Tuesday.

Both clubs agreed on the transfer of the 25-year-old earlier this week.

Oguro had earlier received a multiyear deal offer from Gamba but opted to ply his trade in Europe after helping the Osaka club to their first J. League title by scoring 16 goals in league matches this past season.

He made his national team debut in January in the 4-0 home win over Kazakhstan in a friendly and has scored five times in 15 matches for Japan.

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