Former Arsenal prospect released this summer signs for Iranian team

Iran crowd with flag

Former Arsenal reserve captain Daniel Boateng is a visa away from becoming a Persepolis player.

This summer Arsenal once again allowed a long list of young players leave the club on free transfers. The likes of Leander Siemann, Chuks Aneke, Zak Ansah and Zachari Fagan all departed - as did former reserves captain Daniel Boateng.

The defender had finished last season loan at Scottish side Hibernian. However he was not considered a success, as the Edinburgh side were relegated.

Boateng. who has also spent time out on loan with Oxford United and Swindon Town, was then told he could depart The Emirates for free - after just six minutes of football with the club in a League Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers back in 2011.

So now Boateng is a free agent, where is he off too?

Well it seems that rather than do the norm and find himself a good Football League side to get some game time with Boateng is opting for a different tact - and is on his way to that footballing haven that is, Iran!

Yes Boateng has reportedly agreed a deal with Iranian outfit Persepolis. Reports indicate that the player has agreed to a move and the club want him, with only a visa problem currently standing in the way of him and his odd switch to the Middle East.

The report also claims the club has written to the Iranian Consulate in London to try and speed up the process of his arrival.

Boateng would be joining a team that finished last season as runners-up in the Persian Gulf Pro League and are currently managed by national legend Ali Daei.

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He would not be the only Londoner playing in the league. Former Bolton and Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel currently plays for Pakyan in Tehran, and was previously at Esteghal, another Iranian outfit.

Boateng was perhaps never cut out for Premier League football, especially with a team the size of Arsenal. But he did have talent, and no Arsenal fan will wish him anything but well during his intriguing new adventure abroad.

Can Boateng make a name for himself in Iran?

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