Australian A-League club Newcastle Jets has reached an agreement with Beijing Guoan for striker Joel Griffiths to join the Chinese club permanently for an undisclosed fee, the Jets said on Tuesday.
Beijing had initially wanted to roll over an existing loan deal with the Jets for another year before reaching a resolution to buy the footballer from his former club.
Griffiths is free to join the Chinese Super League club effective immediately after his management contacted the Jets in an attempt to find a resolution following an arbitration hearing, Jets chief executive John Tsatsimas said in a statement.
"We are glad that we maintained the position that we did with respect to this matter," Tsatsimas said. "We were quite happy for the matter to have been finalised via arbitration and were very comfortable in terms of the position we took."
"The subsequent offer made was more appropriate in our view," he said. "It was vitally important that we took the stance to ensure that foreign clubs show the A-League and its participating clubs the respect it deserves."
Griffiths was Beijing's joint top scorer as they claimed their first Chinese title last season.