The former captain of China's national side, Li Weifeng, is set to sign with South Korea's Suwon Bluewings, months after his suspension resulted in his Chinese club's withdrawal from the Super League.
According to Soccer News, Li will sign with the Bluewings this week for a reported 400,000-dollar transfer fee, some of which the defender will pay himself to his former club, Wuhan Guanggu.
Wuhan quit China's Super League in October after the 30-year-old Li was fined 8,000-yuan (1,200-dollar) and banned for eight matches following a fight with an opposing player.
The team's withdrawal from the Super League means Wuhan players do not have a team to play with as the club is unlikely to be reinstated next season in either the top league or the second league, Soccer News said.
Wuhan reportedly signed Li for a 3.5-million-yuan, 30-month contract ahead of last season, but Li played only two matches before the club withdrew from the league, another newspaper, Titan Sports, reported.
Li departs for South Korea on Wednesday and must first pass a medical examination before the deal will go through, Titan Sports said.