LIVERPOOL Football Club appear to have won the race to sign Turkish international, Nuri Sahin, from Real Madrid. According to BBC Sport, the Reds are confident that Sahin will put pen to paper on a loan deal within the next 24 hours. Liverpool have apparently beaten Arsenal to the capture of the midfielder by offering to cover more of his wages. The report goes on to say that the deal will include an option to sign Sahin for £14m at the end of the one year loan period.
Landing Sahin would be a major coup for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers, with Arsenal and Tottenham both known to have had serious interest in the former Dortmund man. It had appeared that the chance of a deal to bring Sahin to Anfield had gone, with the player publically announcing his desire to join the London club, but talks between the two clubs stalled and Liverpool have now agreed terms with Real Madrid, with reports claiming the player’s agent visited Merseyside on Wednesday to finalize the deal.
Sahin failed to have an impact in his first season at the Bernabeu, appearing in just four la Liga games for Jose Mourinho’s side; however, in his previous season Sahin was an integral part of the Borussia Dortmund side that won the Bundesliga title. Sahin was voted Player of the Season in Germany’s top division in 2010/11 and made 33 league appearances, notching up 7 goals and providing eight more for his team-mates.
At just 23, Sahin has made 31 appearances for his country and is also the youngest player to have ever represented and scored for Turkey.
“Hopefully in the next 24 hours we’ll get some confirmation, it’s quite far [along]. He’s a very good footballer.”
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