Super Eagles striker Victor Anichebe has joined Chinese second level side Beijing Enterprises on a free transfer as indicated by reports.
Last season, Anichebe scored three goals in 18 Premier League appearances for Sunderland, but he was not able to help the Black Cats to keep away from relegation to the Championship.
The 29-year-old would leave the Stadium of Light this summer, but it has not taken ache for Anichebe to sign for another team. Anichebe joins Nigerian Leke James at his new club who sit 11th in the 16-team China League One table.
The late Cheick Tiote likewise played for Beijing Enterprises, making Anichebe the second player to move from the North East to Beijing.
It will be the first time when Anichebe would play for a club football outside of England having spells with Everton, West Bromwich Albion, and Sunderland.
The Chinese club issue a statement on their new signing:
“We are delighted with the signing of Victor, who played in the Premier League. It’s a positive development for our whole club,” said head coach Gao Hongbo.
“Victor hasn’t trained on the pitch since the Premier League season ended, so it may take a while for him to integrate into our team. We have to be patient with him.”