Former Arsenal youngster, Nico Yennaris, is set to join Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele in China at Beijing Sinobo Guoan and will be classed as a ‘homegrown’ player thanks to his mum.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: Nico Yennaris of Arsenal U19 in action during the NextGen Series Quarter Final match between Arsenal U19 and PFC CSKA U19 at the Emirates Stadium on March 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 25: Nico Yennaris of Arsenal U19 in action during the NextGen Series Quarter Final match between Arsenal U19 and PFC CSKA U19 at the Emirates Stadium on March 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Yennaris, now 25, featured four times for the Arsenal first team and 52 times for the u21s. He moved to Brentford at the start of 2014 and his contract there ran until 2021.

It is believed the Chinese club are paying £5m for Yennaris who cost Brentford £90k from Arsenal and it’s not clear if there is still a sell-on clause in his contract.

Yennaris was able to obtain a Chinese passport due to his mother being Chinese and will be registered as a homegrown player when he links up with Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele.

Beijing Guoan are paying £11m for the Belgian who is in the last six months of his Tottenham contract. He believes the pace of the game in China will suit him after suffering a foot problem for some time.

mousa dembele
Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur

Another former Arsenal youngster, Conor Henderson, 27, has also left England, signing for Dunărea Călărași in the Romanian first division. Jay-Emmanuel Thomas, 28, meanwhile, has joined his 10th club by signing for Thai side PTT Rayong.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 02: Ben Chorley (R) of Leyton Orient tackles Conor Henderson (L) of Arsenal during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 5th Round Replay match between between Arsenal and Leyton Orient at the Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 02: Ben Chorley (R) of Leyton Orient tackles Conor Henderson (L) of Arsenal during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 5th Round Replay match between between Arsenal and Leyton Orient at the Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Newcastle, meanwhile, have been told to up their offer for Miguel Almiron who was, at one point, supposed to be heading to Arsenal. They are around £8m short of Atlanta United’s £25m asking price.

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