Mehdi Taremi joins Al Gharafa of Qatar

January 8, 2018 - 20:1

Iran national football team and Persepolis striker Mehdi Taremi joined Al Gharafa of Qatar.

Taremi has penned a six-month contract with the Qatari giants for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old scored 18 goals in the 2016-17 season, topping the Persian Gulf Pro League’s scoring table for a second straight time.

He also scored seven goals in the AFC Champions League on the way to the Reds’ first semifinal appearance in 15 years.

Taremi, who is serving a four-month ban from late September after FIFA found he had breached his contract with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor, can play from Jan. 21.

The 26-year-old forward had been already linked with move to Greek teams, namely Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, PAOK, AEK and Panionios.

The best goalscorer of the Iranian football league in the previous two seasons, had caught the eye of Croatia’s GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Urawa Reds of Japan also showed interest in signing him.

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