January 28, 2019 / 11:25 AM / 21 days ago

Espanyol sign Chinese Super League top scorer Wu

FILE PHOTO: Wu Lei (CHN), JANUARY 20, 2019 - Football / Soccer : AFC Asian Cup 2019, Round of 16 match between Thailand 1-2 China PR at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by AFLO)

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Espanyol have signed Chinese striker Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG FC, the Spanish club said on Monday.

Spanish media reported that Wu, the Chinese Super League’s top scorer with 27 goals this season, arrived in Barcelona with a shoulder injury sustained at the Asian Cup, which could keep him out for three months.

Wu, 27, scored two goals in five games for China at the tournament, helping them reach the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by Iran.

Espanyol, owned by Chinese company Rastar Group, are 15th in La Liga and struggling for form with one win in their last 10 league games.

Reporting by Rik Sharma, editing by Ed Osmond

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