Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse turned down three Premier League clubs before signing for Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.
Hull City were believed to be in the running for Cisse, while there was also interest from Watford and West Brom, but Cisse opted for a big move to the Far East for a fee believed to be in the region of £5million.
The 31-year-old, a Senegal international, scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Magpies since arriving from Freiburg in January 2012 for £10million. He had one year to run on his contract at St James’ Park.
But having failed to help Newcastle retain their Premier League status under Rafael Benitez last season, his four-and-a-half-year spell on Tyneside has come to an end.
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A Newcastle statement read: “The 31-year-old striker has signed for the Chinese Super League club for an undisclosed fee, and leaves Tyneside after four-and-a-half years.
“Cisse joined the Magpies in January 2012 from SC Freiburg and scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the club.
“Everyone at St James’ Park wishes Papiss all the best for the next stage of his career.”