. Former Esteghlal captain Voria Ghafouri has officially joined Foolad FC

Earlier, a photo that showed Ghafouri privately training with a jersey of Foolad had gone viral on social media but the contract has been just inked by the sides after what Iranian media called “long” negotiations

Hamid Reza Garshasbi, director general of Foolad, said the talks were prolonged due to financial issues, rejecting rumors that claimed some authorities were hindering the contract

The 34-year-old defender is famous for his social and political stances

The right-back parted ways with Esteghlal weeks ago after six years. His decision came as the club’s officials did not contact him for the extension of the contract this summer

Foolad have acquired several players in the summer window such as Ehsan Pahlavan and Ali Ghorbani but Ghafouri can be considered their bombshell

Ghafouri was the primary captain of Esteghlal during the past seasons and is considered one of the most favorite players among fans

Tractor have confirmed that they have reached an agreement in principle to sign Iranian/Azerbaijan center back Hojjat Haghverdi  from Sumgayit PFC. In a club statement on Tuesday afternoon, the turkey giants announced that the Azerbaijan international would complete a move to the Tabriz, pending him passing his medical. Hojjat returns to premier league of Iran after 3 years and .hope to help Tractor to win titles this season

 Ex-sumgayit fc Center-Forward , Ali Ghorbani joined Iranian football club Foolad under Pars Football Agency.