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Obafemi Martins confirms he is joining Shanghai Shenhua from Seattle Sounders ‘after significant reflection’

Former Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins is leaving Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders for China’s Shanghai Shenhua, according to a statement on his Twitter account.

Former Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins is leaving Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders for China’s Shanghai Shenhua, according to a statement on his Twitter account.

The 31-year-old Nigerian, who has also played for Newcastle United and Birmingham City in England and Wolfsburg in Germany, will join up with former Chelsea and Newcastle United striker Demba Ba at the Chinese Super League (CSL) club.

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“After significant reflection, I have decided to join Shanghai Shenhua FC of the CSL,” Martins tweeted on Thursday.

He joins a host of high-profile imports to have relocated to China in the past few weeks, including Ivorian striker Gervinho, Brazilian midfielders Alex Teixeira and Ramires, and Colombian striker Jackson Martinez.

On Wednesday Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi signed with Hebei China Fortune, h making the 30-year-old Argentine the latest European-based footballer drawn east by jaw-dropping sums.

Hebei described him as “the next Maradona” on a verified social media account. It did not disclose a transfer fee, but previous British press reports said Lavezzi would earn £23.5 million pounds (Dh) over two years.

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Updated: February 18, 2016 04:00 AM

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