Report: Southampton striker Graziano Pelle set for £6m-a-year China move

Italy's Graziano Pelle reacts

The Saints star had been linked with moves to Chelsea and Everton.

Graziano Pelle celebrates after scoring the second goal for SouthamptonPelle scored 27 goals in two seasons at St. Mary's

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is set to snub both Chelsea and Everton in favour of a move to China, the Mirror reports.

Pelle is said to be keen on the move to an as yet undisclosed club, which the Mirror understands to be Shandong Luneng.

The report claims Southampton will receive £13 million for the Italian international, who stands to earn nearly half that (£6 million) per year in wages.

Pelle, who has a year to run on his Saints deal, had been tipped to link up with former bosses Antonio Conte and Ronald Koeman at Chelsea (Mirror) and Everton (Liverpool Echo) respectively.

Italy head coach Antonio ConteItaly boss Conte is taking over at Stamford Bridge

The 30-year-old, who played under the Dutchman at Feyenoord and Southampton, is also said to have snubbed a return to Italy with Juventus and Lazio.

New manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conferenceKoeman left the Saints for Goodison Park this summer

The report claims Pelle expressed a desire to leave St. Mary's in January, prompting the club to move for QPR frontman Charlie Austin.

New boss Claude Puel also has Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez to call upon this coming campaign, which will soften the blow of losing their top scorer for each of the past two.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesFrenchman Puel is the new man at Saints

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