Victory’s Leijer set for CSL switch

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have accepted an offer reportedly worth AU$200,000 for defender from club Chongqing Lifan FC.

The move comes after the big name signings of Tim Cahill, Sergio Escudero and Morteza Pouraliganji to other CSL clubs in recent weeks.

The 28-year-old central defender has called Victory his home for many years. He first signed with the club in their inaugural season, helping them lift the Premiership and Championship in their second year. But after a two-year spell with Fulham FC provided no first team matches, Leijer returned to Melbourne Victory in 2009.

The former Australian youth international and one-time senior international has already departed for and, pending a medical, will join Chongqing, who finished top of League One in the 2014 season to earn promotion back to the Chinese Super League for the first time since 2010.

Leijer will be Chongqing’s second AFC international for the side under manager Wang Baoshan; current Western Sydney Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab departed the Chinese club in the middle of the 2013 season.