Mynavi Sendai striker Hinata Miyazawa is taking a flight to the UK ahead of sealing a move to Liverpool, according to Nikkei Sports.
The Japanese news outlet claims that the 23-year-old will be joining the Reds ahead of the 2023/24 Women’s Super League season.
It would be a massive coup for Matt Beard’s team if they do manage to secure the signature of the highly-rated Miyazawa, who has not played outside of her homeland so far in her professional career.
The forward put in some eye-catching displays at the World Cup, taking home the Golden Boot after ending the tournament as the top scorer with five goals.
What do Liverpool fans need to know about Miyazawa?
After graduating from Seisa Kokusai High School in 2017, she joined Tokyo Verdy Beleza (also known as Nippon TV Beleza) at the start of the 2018 season.
Miyazawa spent three years in Tokyo before the Japanese international made the move to Munavi Sendai for the beginning of the inaugural WE League campaign in 2021.
It must be said that the striker has never been that prolific at club level, with her highest number of goals being 9 in one season. It has been a different story on the international stage, though.
Miyazawa’s starring role at the 2023 World Cup
The striker made her debut for Japan against Norway back in November 2018 but she only really came to prominence after the World Cup kicked off in Australia and New Zealand last month.
Miyazawa scored a brace in Japan’s opening group match against Zambia, before getting another two goals in their surprise 4-0 victory over Spain in their third fixture.
In the round of 16, Miyazawa made another telling contribution by scoring the third as Japan won 3-1 against Norway. However, she couldn’t stop her country from being knocked out at the quarter-final stages by Sweden.