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Hammer blow for Maeda's English dream

By Reuters

Japan striker Ryoichi Maeda's transfer to England's West Ham United has collapsed, his J-League club Jubilo Iwata said on Sunday. 

The 30-year-old, who scored 14 goals in 28 league appearances last season, had been training with the English Championship (second division) side with a view to a move. 

Iwata President Hiroyuki Yoshino told Japanese media: "We understand they were unable to agree terms." 

While Maeda's chances of a European move faded, however, Jubilo and Japan team mate Yuichi Komano is set for a switch to Belgium's Sint-Truiden. 

Versatile defender Komano helped Japan reach the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup but missed the penalty in a shootout against Paraguay which cost them a spot in the quarter-finals.