Nuremberg - 1. FC Nuremberg have signed up Japan international midfielder Mu Kanazaki on a contract valid through to 30 June 2014, with the option to extend for a further two years.

Kanazaki switches to der Club on a free transfer, his contract with former J-League employers Nagoya Grampus Eight having expired at the end of 2012. The 23-year-old attacking midfield specialist took part in a first training session with his new team-mates on Wednesday morning.

Creative Japanese duo

"I'd been in contact with FC Nuremberg for a while," said Kanazaki. "I'm looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga, which is very popular in Japan, and for a club with such an enthusiastic following. I aim to repay the faith Nuremberg have shown in me with good performances out on the pitch."

Nuremberg coach Michael Wiesinger commented: "Mu can be deployed in several different positions and will add quality and range to our options up front." The five-time international joins compatriot and fellow midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake on the books of the Franconian outfit and sporting director Martin Bader is confident that "Kiyo will help our new signing settle in quickly at Nuremberg, and in the Bundesliga".