July 1 China's growing popularity as the
preferred destination for ageing former English Premier League
players shows no sign of slowing with striker Frederic Kanoute
completing a move to Beijing Guoan, the Chinese Super League
The Beijing club said in a brief statement on Saturday that
the 2007 African Footballer of the Year had completed his move
but gave no details of the contract. Kanoute's former club
Sevilla said the 34-year-old had agreed a two-year deal with
Malian Kanoute spent seven successful years in Spain after
plying his trade at English clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham
United. Beijing Guoan are currently third in the Chinese Super
League and face leaders Guangzhou Evergrande later on Sunday.
The transfer adds to the ever growing list of big foreign
signings made by Chinese clubs in recent times.
Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba recently followed his
former Chelsea team mate Nicolas Anelka in making a lucrative
move to big-spending Chinese Super League strugglers Shanghai
Another African striker - Blackburn Rovers and Nigerian
forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni - is close to completing a move to
Super League side Guangzhou Fuli, according to media reports.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Patrick