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Jan 082012

The Sunday Times reports that West Ham are set to trial Japanese striker Ryoichi Maeda after all. 

According to Karen Brady, Maeda's manager had initially refused a trial saying the player was too good to have to prove himself. However 30 year-old Maeda is known to be keen to test himself with a move abroad and must have had a change of heart. He currently plays for the Japanese national team and for Jubilo Iwata in Division1 of the J League, where he has twice won the golden boot. 

The trial is due to take place this week and with a big question mark still hanging over the future of Allardyce's top target Jordan Rhodes, Maeda could be a real possibility.  

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