Adelaide United are on the lookout for a new line-leading striker after confirmation of Bruce Djite's transfer to K-League side Suwon FC.
The 29 year-old has joined fellow Australian Adrian Leijer in South Korea after Suwon activated Djite's buy-out clause and he completed a medical on Tuesday.
Djite becomes the fourth player from Adelaide's victorious A-League grand final side to leave the club during the off-season, following Stefan Mauk (NEC), Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam) and Bruce Kamau (Melbourne City).
Djite was in good form last season, scoring 11 goals in Adelaide's final 14 games, and he leaves with a club record total of 44 goals to his name in 165 appearances across two stints with the club.
"It is disappointing to lose such a well-rounded individual like Bruce and his absence will be felt both on and off the football pitch," Adelaide United Chief Executive Officer Grant Mayer said.
“But we won’t stand in the way of another one of our boys being able to head overseas and realise a dream, so we’re delighted for Bruce.
“Unfortunately, this is the world of football, and the success that we experienced last season was always going to have overseas clubs chasing our players.
“On behalf of everyone involved with the Club, I want to thank Bruce for his outstanding service and wish him well in his future.”
Djite's departure leaves coach Guillermo Amor with only one recognised forward on his books, Sergio Cirio.
Adelaide have only one remaining foreign spot and might be forced to use it on a replacement for Djite, with the few Australian forwards available on the open market unlikely to be lured to the club.
"Our primary focus is clearly on established local and/or overseas players and, as always, our members, sponsors, and fans will be kept informed along the way," Mayer said.
A-League rivals Western Sydney, Sydney FC and Newcastle are all looking to sign strikers, while Brisbane also need back-up for star man Jamie Maclaren.
Adelaide are back in official action on Wednesday 3 August, when they face Redlands United at Brisbane's Perry Park in the FFA Cup round of 32.