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Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 10:12
Espanyol sign Chinese striker Wu Lei
By Xinhua
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 10:12 By Xinhua

Wu Lei (1st left) of China celebrates scoring his second goal during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 group C match between China and the Philippines in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jan 11, 2019. (DING XU / XINHUA)

MADRID - Spanish La Liga club Espanyol on Monday confirmed they have signed Chinese striker Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG of the Chinese Super League (CSL).

Wu Lei, who was the top scorer in the CSL last season, will wear the number 24 shirt at the Barcelona-based club.

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The Espanyol website writes that the club had "been following Wu Lei's progress for a time," and that the 27-year-old had also "attracted the interest of many Premier League clubs, but decided to accept" the offer from Espanyol.

Espanyol, who currently sit 15th in La Liga with 24 points from 21 matches, added that Wu is "one of Espanyol's most important signings in modern times."

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Wu will be presented to the fans and press in the coming days, and the club will hope he quickly finds top form, as Sunday's 4-2 defeat at home to Real Madrid means they have lost nine of their last 10 league games, and now sit just four points above the relegation zone.

Shanghai SIPG's forward Wu Lei celebrates after scoring during the AFC Asian Champions League group football match between China's Shanghai SIPG and Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers in Shanghai on Feb 28, 2017. (JOHANNES EISELE / AFP)

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