Football: Pelle moves to Chinese side Shandong from Southampton

The Chinese Super League (CSL) side has confirmed that Graziano Pelle has joined Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.
The Chinese Super League (CSL) side has confirmed that Graziano Pelle has joined Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has joined Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League club said on Monday.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) side confirmed the move on their Twitter feed. British media reports have put a £13 million (S$22.7 million) figure on the deal.

The 30-year-old Italy international, who played for his country at Euro 2016 and had a year left on his Southampton contract, made 81 appearances and scored 30 goals for his English club since joining from Feyenoord in 2014.

He was brought to the Premier League by Dutch manager Ronald Koeman, who has since moved to Everton.

Senegal's Papiss Cisse joined Shandong from relegated Newcastle earlier this month.

The team are one from bottom of the CSL, in one of the two relegation berths, midway through the Chinese season. Former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath is the head coach.