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Japan's Alex to join Miyamoto at Salzburg

TOKYO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Japan midfielder Alex is set to join international team mate Tsuneyasu Miyamoto at Austrian club Salzburg, J-League champions Urawa Reds said on Thursday.

Brazilian-born Alex will complete a 12-month loan move to Salzburg at the end of January with an option to a full transfer in January 2008.

Urawa's J-League rivals Gamba Osaka confirmed on Wednesday that former Japan captain Miyamoto is also on his way to Austria.

Alex, who obtained Japanese citizenship in 2001, and Miyamoto both played for Japan at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.