Michael Essien to move to Australian team Wellington Phoenix

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Former Ghana midfielder Michael Essien is reported to be on the verge of joining Australian side Wellington Phoenix.

Reports have it that the Australian side are close to announcing one of the biggest coups in the history of the A-League as negotiations have been in process.

The 36-year-old has been without a club since leaving Indonesian side Persib Bandung last year.

The former African Player of the Year started out professionally with Bastia before moving to Lyon. However, his move to EPL giants Chelsea shot him to superstardom.

In a nine-year career at Stamford Bridge, the tough-tackling midfielder claimed two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and, in 2012, the crowning glory, the Champions League.

He has also featured for other teams like Real Madrid, AC Milan and Panathinaikos.