Beijing - Roma's Ivorian striker Gervinho has signed with
China's Hebei Fortune, the team said Tuesday, the latest European-based star to
be lured east by the increasingly wealthy Chinese Super League.
"Gervinho has joined Hebei Fortune," the club said
in a one-line statement on its verified Sina Weibo account, a Chinese version
The announcement did not say how much the deal was worth.
Gervinho has scored only six league goals for Roma this
season and doubts over his future mounted when coach Rudi Garcia was sacked two
Ahead of Roma's defeat on Sunday, club officials confirmed
he had asked for a transfer.
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The player won a French league and cup double with Lille in
2011 before moving to Arsenal, where he scored just 11 goals in two years.
Roma reportedly paid around eight million euros in 2013 to
secure his services.
Gervinho's move is the latest in a string of high-profile
transfers involving foreign players and coaches in China, where the top league
is increasingly flooded with cash.
Last week Asian football champions Guangzhou Evergrande sold
their Brazilian top scorer Elkeson to rivals Shanghai SIPG for as much as 20
million euros ($22 million), the official Xinhua news agency reported.For
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