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Ex-Southampton captain Jose Fonte leaves West Ham for China

Bon voyage, Jose.

Crystal Palace v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Former Southampton captain Jose Fonte has moved to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang from West Ham United for a fee reportedly worth £5m.

The Portuguese defender, who won the 2016 European Championships with his country, left Saints for East London in January 2017 for £8m.

However, Fonte has struggled for form and fitness at West Ham, having not featured in the Hammers first team since a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace back in October.

Fonte only made 24 appearances for the club, but he managed to make an impression as below.

West Ham manager David Moyes claims Fonte wanted to leave to help boost his chances of featuring for Portugal in the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Dalian Yifang have only recently returned to the Chinese Super League after three seasons in the China’s second tier.