Seattle Sounders’ Obafemi Martins has completed his move to the Chinese Super League.

Martins, 31, will join Shanghai Greenland Shenhua after a successful three years in Major League Soccer.

The striker who also played for Newcastle United and Birmingham City joins a host of big names making the switch to China in the last few months.

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Colombia striker Jackson Martinez, former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia and ex-Serie A duo Gervinho and Fredy Guarin are among the other big Chinese signings in 2016.

In a statement Martins said he is looking forward to a new start:

“For me it’s now time for a new challenge [in China],”

“I’ve grown to appreciate the feeling I get when entering environments where I’m not a proven footballer.”


Martins who scored 40 goals in 72 appearances will be sorely missed in Seattle.

The former Birmingham City forward is most known in England for his Carling Cup final winning goal in 2011.