Congolese striker becomes most expensive African player 

By Mutala Yakubu
Cedric Bakambu
Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan are paying £65m to Villarreal for the Congolese striker

Congolese and former Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu is now the most expensive African player after he signed for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan.

The striker was linked with moves to Newcastle, Tottenham, West Brom and West Ham.

But he has turned down those options to pen a bumper £16m-a-year contract in China's capital city.

The player has already undergone his medical with the £65m deal set to be finalised within the next 24 hours.

Beijing Guoan have not only agreed to pay the £35m release clause for the Congolese striker but also all the imposed tax on the star - which will total around £30m.

Bakumbu joined Villarreal in 2015 on a five-year contract and has scored 48 goals in 105 matches.

The 26-year-old made a name for himself with French side Sochaux before signing for Turkish club Bursaspor in 2014.

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But after netting 13 times in 27 appearances he was off to Villarreal the following summer.