Melbourne City release Erik Paartalu

Melbourne City have released midfielder Erik Paartalu to take up an opportunity to play in South Korea's K-League, reportedly with Jeonbuk.

City have been the most-active participant in the January transfer window, signing four players and releasing five.

The club's departing players include Robi Koren, City's international marquee, David Williams, the club's most-capped player and all-time leading scorer, and now Paartalu.

Formely with Brisbane Roar, Paartalu played 40 matches for City across one and a half seasons, after debuting for the club at the start of the 2014-2015 season.

Paartalu, always a danger at set pieces, netted 17 goals in the A-League, including four in 14 appearances this campaign.

The 29 year-old, who has been recently tipped to add to his two appearances for Australia, joined City after spells in the Thailand Premier League and Chinese Super League, and he will depart for Korea on Wednesday.

City coach John van’t Schip wished Paartalu all the best for the next chapter in his career overseas.

“I’m sure the fans and members will join me in wishing Erik all the best for the next chapter in his career, as he has been a great contributor to the Club," van’t Schip said.

Paartalu spent Tuesday afternoon thanking Melbourne City fans and teammates on Twitter.

While there appears to be little likelihood of City's number five being replaced before the transfer window closes at midnight on Tuesday night (AEDT), it is understood that the club will receive a fee for his transfer.

Source Melbourne City, AAP