Iranian striker Kaveh Rezaei completed a first phase of medical tests in Tehran ahead of rejoining Persian Gulf Pro League champion Esteghlal in the coming days, Varzesh3 reported.
The 30-year-old’s contract with OH Leuven finished at the start of the month, bringing an end to a five-year spell in the Belgian top flight.
The Iranian internatinoal netted 42 in 126 outings for RSC Charleroi, Club Brugge, and OHL across all competitions – registering 14 assists.
Last season, marred by numerous matchday squad omissions and a foot injury that ruled him out of the final eight games of the campaign, will be one to forget for the Iranian as he failed to find the back of the net in 13 appearances, which included only four in the starting XI.
In his previous one-year stint at the Tehran-based Blues, former Saipa and Zob Ahan striker bagged 13 goals – contributing as many assists – in 40 games before leaving for Charleroi in the summer of 2017.
He will hope more game time and a return to top form in Esteghlal will improve his chances of securing a place in Iran’s squad for the World Cup in four months.
The likely deal will be the eight summer acquisition for Esteghlal – following Sajjad Shahbaz-Zadeh, Peyman Babaei, Omid Hamedifar, Reza Mirzaei, Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, Mohammad-Hossein Zavvari, and Mohammad-Hossein Moradmand – and probably the marquee signing under new Portuguese manager Ricardo Sa Pinto, who is with the team for a training camp in Turkey.