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Football: China's Du Wei Joins Scottish Team


Chinese football (soccer) defender Du Wei has joined Scottish team Celtic in a four month deal struck just before the transfer deadline.

The 23-year-old center back impressed Celtic manager Gordon Strachan during a weeklong try-out in Scotland earlier this month. But the Scottish team had balked at the $1.4 million transfer fee demanded by Shanghai Shenhua of the struggling Chinese Super League.

The agreement calls for Celtic to pay the Chinese club a fee of between 100,000 and 200,000 for a four month trial period, with the balance due after the transfer is formalized following the try-out. If Celtic is not satisfied, Du will return to his Shanghai team.

Du is among a number of Chinese players who have signed with European teams to escape the scandal-plagued Chinese Super League. No decision has been made on whether Du will play in Celtic's next game, when it faces Aberdeen at home on September 10.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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