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Shanghai East Asia sign striker Ibini – reports

According to reports in Australia, Shanghai East Asia have secured the signing of striker Bernie Ibini from Central Coast Mariners for a fee of US$600,000.

Ibini, 20, had been in the final year of his contract with the A League side and thus was available on a cut-price deal, having also trialled with Belgian side Club Brugge back in January.

The Nigeria-born striker has become a familiar face to Chinese football fans this season, having impressed in Asian Champions League action against both Guizhou Renhe and Guangzhou Evergrande.

Given his age and ambitions to move on and play at a high-level in Europe, it is a move that offers a look to the future, as well as potential sell-on profit for East Asia.

However, Ibini will only be able to join his new club on July 1 when the Chinese FA transfer window opens for a three-week period of the summer.

East Asia had not registered an AFC-qualified foreign player in the opening half of the season.

Based in Guangzhou, Christopher covers Chinese football for a range of media outlets worldwide and is Wild East Football's lead editor for news content.   His work can regularly be seen on ESPN FC, Bleacher Report and Hupu amongst other media outlets, while he has interviewed a number of leading figures in Chinese football.

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