West Ham defender Jose Fonte is joining Chinese club Dalian Yifeng, manager David Moyes has confirmed.
The Portuguese defender has not played for the Hammers since October due to an ankle injury which required surgery.
“I can confirm it’s very close,” said Moyes. “We wish him good luck.”
A reported fee of £5million gives West Ham the chance to recoup a chunk of the £8million they paid to Southampton for Fonte in January 2017.
Mere minutes after Moyes’ press conference, West Ham released the following statement to confirm the move.
‘West Ham United can confirm that Jose Fonte has agreed a deal to sign for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang for an undisclosed fee,’ read the article.
‘The Portuguese international spent 13 months with the Hammers, after joining the Irons from Southampton in January 2017.
‘The centre-back made 24 appearances in Claret and Blue, including eight in the Premier League this season. Fonte was on the bench for West Ham’s last three league matches, after recovering from an injury suffered in October.
‘Everyone at West Ham United would like to thank Jose for his efforts during his time at the Club and wish him a successful future with Dalian Yifang.’