Bursaspor loan for defender Anton Ferdinand

Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand is set to join Turkish side Bursaspor on loan for the rest of the season.

The centre back has been frozen out at Loftus Road this season, with his last Premier League appearance coming on Boxing Day, and his most recent outing during an embarassing 4-2 home loss to League 1 side MK Dons in the FA Cup.

The twenty seven year old is looking for first team football at this stage in his career, and a move to Turkey may be the break he needs where his career has been strongly coveted over the past year due to the alledged racial abuse encountered from Chelsea Captain John Terry during a match with the European Champions on October 23rd 2011.

It has been reported the player, who is set brother to Manchester United defender Rio, will fly to Turkey for talks today to undergo a medical ahead of joining the club where he will be joined by former England goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Kolo Toure to join Galatasaray

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure could be the next player to join ambitious Turkish side Galatasaray this month according to reports this morning.

The Ivory Coast International has been a squad player at the City of Manchester Stadium over the past two seasons and is looking to sort out his immediate future with only six months left on his current contract.

Toure, has been plagued with injuries over recent years, and has also been suspended for six months due to failing a drugs test in 2011 which seemed to be his turning point in his City career, where he only made fourteen appearances for the club in their title winning campaign last season.

After paying £16 million for the central defender from Arsenal in 2009, it is likely the club will receive minimal fee for the player if he does move to Galatasaray this month, where he is likely to join the incoming Didier Drogba, and the already signed Wesley Sneijder at the Turk Telecom Stadium.

Galatasaray sign Didier Drogba

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined Turkish side Galatasaray on an 18-month contract.

It was announced on the Galatasaray official website this morning, that they were in talks with Drogba's representatives in China regarding a permanent transfer, and it has been updated this evening to state they have their man!

The powerful frontman is unsettled in China, where he joined Shanghai Shenhua last summer on a free transfer on a multi-million pound contract.

The Ivory Coast International had been strongly linked with a move to Serie A with both Juventus and AC Milan offering an 18 month contract to the player, before reports over the weekend of a potential shock return to Stamford Bridge under new manager Rafael Benitez.

Drogba, who will turn thirty five in March, is looking for a move back to Europe, and he is set to sign an 18 month contract at the Turk Telecom Stadium woth a reported £7 million.

He will join Dutch International Wesley Sneijder in Turkey, and fellow International compatriot Kolo Toure who is set to join from Manchester City.

 

Besiktas sign Dentinho on loan

Turkish side Besiktas have confirmed this afternoon the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk striker Dentinho.

The Brazilian has joined the Turkish Super League side on a loan deal until the summer of 2014 and is in line to make his debut against giants Galatasaray.

A permanent transfer at the end of the loan has been reported, although there is nothing official to suggest a fee is already in place for the 24-year old.

He initially started his career in his native Brazil with Corinthians, where he played just under 100 games for the club scoring 26 goals.

After his impressive performances in South America, Shakhtar Donetsk decided to add to their contingent of Brazilian players with the signing of the player on a five year contract for a fee believed to be around £7 million.

Since his arrival in 2011, he hasn't hit the heights of his potential in the Ukraine, and a move to Turkey could be an ideal opportunity to showcase his talent.

Daily Football Round-Up Monday 21st January

Good evening,

 

Here’s the news from the football world today, have a read as you warm up after a long, cold day.

 

Mario Balotelli is staying at Manchester City beyond the January transfer window according to his agent, who has said there is “zero chance” of the Italian moving.

 

Cardiff have signed Frazier Campbell from Sunderland on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

 

Crystal Palace have denied that a deal has been struck between themselves and Manchester United for winger Wilfried Zaha. Newspaper reports claimed the clubs had agreed a £15 million fee but Palace officials have branded the stories as nonsense.

 

Harry Redknapp has been linked with a move for former player Niko Kranjcar as he looks to further strengthen his QPR team in their battle against relegation.

 

Liverpool are reportedly in negotiations with Inter Milan over the possible signing of Philippe Coutinho. The Italian club have already apparently turned down a bid of £6.75 million but are expected to accept the latest offer, reportedly around the £8 million mark.

 

Sir Alex Ferguson faces punishment over his criticism of linesman Simon Beck after last night’s draw at White Hart Lane. The Scottish manager was angered by a rejected penalty appeal right in front of Beck and has until 6pm on Thursday to explain his comments.

 

Barcelona are being linked with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois following Victor Valdes’ announcement that he will leave the club once his contract expires in 18 months. The Belgium international’s father has denied reports that discussions have taken place though, and has said his son is happy at the London club despite never playing a game in England.

 

Juventus are confident of signing Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao once his contract expires in the summer. The club have announced they are in “advanced discussions” with the Spaniard and expect a deal to be finalised in the next few weeks.

 

Wesley Sneijder today completed his big money move to Turkish giants Galatasaray. With top European clubs expressing an interest in the Dutch superstar a cynic might think money had a little to do with his decision to move to Turkey.

 

Tottenham are reportedly interested in bringing Lewis Holtby’s move to the club forward following the injury to Sandro that will keep the Brazilian out for the season. Spurs are ready to pay up to £1 million to sign the midfielder this month.

Galatasaray sign Wesley Sneijder

The long awaited transfer saga is over for January with the news last night that Turkish giants Galatasaray had finally managed to convince midfielder Wesley Sneijder to join the club.

He had been in discussions with the club over the past 12 days, and had looked to have turned down the opportunity to either stay at Inter, or make a move to England.

News filtered through last night from Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti who confirmed the Dutch International was set to leave imminently, and was later pictured in a Galatasaray shirt, and on the clubs official website.

Sneijder will move to the club on a three-and-a-half year contract, for a reported £80,000 a week, which seems an affordable wage for all of Europe's top sides, for a player who if playing to his potential, can be one of the best central midfielders in World Football.

He will join for £7 million, and is likely to arrive in Turkey later today to meet his new team mates and staff.

At 28, the talented midfielder is arguably at his peak, and if Galatasaray can bring out the best in the player, who hasn't featured much for Inter this season, they could have a bargain on their hands.

 

Sunderland sign Alfred N'Diaye

Sunderland have this afternoon completed the signing of midfielder Alfred N'Diye.

The player has been in discussions with the club since Monday, after the club agreed a fee with Turkish side Bursaspor for his services.

The defensive midfielder has been at The Stadium of Light the past few days to undergo and complete a medical, and finalise personal terms with his new side.

He has signed a three-and-a-half year contract and will wear the number 4 shirt this season after joining for a fee believed to be around £4 million.

Martin O'Neill was delighted to sign the 22-year old who is highly regarded in France and Turkey, and has become the first signing for Sunderland during the January Transfer Window.

Speaking on the clubs official website, O'Neill stated:

"He is a powerful young player and can offer us more strength in depth," said Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill.

"He will give us options and I'm delighted we have been able to bring him to the club."

The Black Cats aren't done there with their spending set to continue with the pursuit of Swansea City striker Danny Graham. The forward has been strongly linked over the past few days, and reports suggest the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal.

Montpellier to sell Younes Belhanda

It has been revealed this afternoon, that Montpellier's star midfielder Younes Belhanda is available for as little as £14.6 million.

Current owner Louis Nicollin confirmed with french radio station RMC "I would sell Belhanda, but for under £14.5 million, i probably wouldn't."

Reports had suggested the Moroccan International was set for a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce, although the club couldn't meet the players valuation, and the player didn't seem keen when asked about the move " No, you must be crazy (to move to Fenerbahce) ."

The player has failed to live upto last years performances with a side who won Ligue 1 last season, currently sitting in 11th spot. Though at 22, he has demonstrated a lot of potential at Montpellier which could be easily improved on with a move to one of Europes top sides.

For £14.5 million, you won't find many better attacking midfielders than Belhanda, and he could make a surprise move to the Premier League or La Liga in the not too distant future

Sunderland agree fee for Alfred N'Diaye

Sunderland have this morning agreed a fee with Tukish side Bursaspor for midfielder Alfred N'diaye.

Negotiations have been ongoing with the player and his representatives, with Sunderland officials travelling to Turkey over the weekend to discuss the move with Bursaspor president Ibrahim Yazici.

The fee for the player is reported to be around £4 million, which is a sizeable increase on their initial offer of £1.8 million, which was rejected last week.

The French U21 International missed the clubs training session today, amid reports he was scheduled to travel to England for talks in the North East and complete personal terms and a medical.

At 22, the midfielder could prove to be a decent signing for the Black Cats, and would be in contention for their forthcoming fixture against West Ham on Saturday.

If he decides to join the Premier League side he would be Martin O'Neill's first signing of the January Transfer Window, with strong links also suggesting Swansea striker Danny Graham could be next through the door at The Stadium of Light.

 

Europa League To Be Axed?

UEFA President Michel Platini has today revealed talks are taking place to discuss the biggest issues in European football. The main subject on the agenda is how to rejuvenate European club competitions with one idea being discussed the dissolution of the Europa League and to expand the Champions League to involve 64 teams instead. This would see England have seven representatives in Europe’s elite competition.

 

The idea is to have one competition that everyone strives to qualify for but many fear it would devalue the competition preferring the idea of the reintroduction of a Cup Winners Cup style tournament instead.

 

Platini said: “There is a debate to determine what form European competitions will have between 2015 and 2018, we will make a decision in 2014.”

 

The 57-year-old Frenchman moved to rubbish the on-going claims that Europe’s biggest clubs are planning on forming a breakaway competition too. “It is a question that is regularly brought up, I can’t see how it would work outside the UEFA framework.”

 

Also up for discussion is the introduction of video technology to football with Platini saying: “There is one complicated thing for which we might, and I say might, need video and that’s offside.” This is a decision that would offer as much controversy as it would a solution though, with many arguing it goes against the nature of the beautiful game.

 

What do you think of the proposed changes? Would you like to see more teams in the Champions League or do you have any other solutions that could help the profile of The Europa League?

Also are you for or against the idea of video technology?

 

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