Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins has joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. According to BBC Sports, the 31-year-old Nigerian striker made the switch from Seattle Sounders, where he scored 43 goals in 84 appearances for the MLS club he joined in March 2013.
Garth Lagerwey, Seattle Sounders general manager has revealed that the move to China has not been completed yet.
“It could take a while to have that resolved and there’s really nothing we can add at this point.” He said.
He added that the club is making its plans to move on without the Nigerian striker, but were also prepared for the possibility of the transfer falling through.
“We’ll do what we need to do, we have contingency plans. If that third DP spot opens up, it gives us a lot more roster flexibility and the ability to implement our long-term vision for this team
“If it doesn’t go through, then we’ll have Obafemi Martins back and that’ll be a good thing, too.”
Martins who has played in Europe for Inter Milan, Wolfsburg and was Sounders’ top scorer last season will be joining the big names like Chelsea’s Ramires and Atletico Madrid’s Jackson Martinez to become the latest high-profile player to make the switch to the cash-rich Chinese Super League.
Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia and ex-Serie A duo Gervinho and Fredy Guarin are among the other big names who are making the big Chinese signings in 2016.
Obafemi Martins began his journey to stardom into the international limelight at Italian side Inter Milan before switching to Newcastle in August 2006. He scored 35 goals in his three seasons with the Magpies. Shanghai will be the ninth club for which Martins has played for.
The striker, who has also had spells in Germany, Russia and Spain, will be remembered for scoring Birmingham City’s winner in their 2-1 Carling Cup final victory over Arsenal in 2011 – the club’s first silverware since 1963.
He has scored 18 goals in 41 international appearances for three-time African champions Nigeria and was voted Africa’s most promising talent in 2003 and 2004. Martins also played for Nigeria at the African Nations Cup in 2006, 2008, and 2010.