Burns set for J.League move

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According to Japanese sports website Sponichi Annex, the 27-year-old Socceroos regular is on his way to the Japanese capital for a medical.

Burns will essentially be a replacement for Japan international Yoshinori Muto, who signed a four-year deal with Bundesliga side Mainz in May.

Having led the Australian attack alongside Tim Cahil in the Socceroos' victorious Asia Cup campaign earlier this year, Burns will have a difficult task to fill the void left by Muto, who scored 10 goals in 17 appearances last season.

The move will be Burns' second to Asia, having previously spent two injury-troubled years at Incheon United in the K-League.

Should the deal go though, Burns will join his Aussie compatriot Mitchell Duke, who plays for Shimuzu S-Pulse, as the only players from Down Under playing in Japan.

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