Netherlands international Ryan Babel has said that he is determined to avoid Premier League relegation with Fulham after making the loan switch to the club earlier in the month. The Dutchman made the surprise move to the Cottagers from Besiktas during the midway stage of the winter transfer window and he has since made his debut in the slender defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking to reporters, Babel admitted that the Cottagers were not on his mind until the turn of the year but he is determined to help them beat the drop, he said: “I never thought that I would be playing for Fulham FC although I came close to signing for the club in my third year at Liverpool FC in the past. I will admit that I have had many transfers through the years during my career but I have always found it easy to adapt in all environments. I have come here to Fulham FC to help the club in their fight against relegation and that is important for me if I do not achieve it I will feel like I have failed.”
At the end of the season, his contract will be over, and Ryan Babel’s manager responded to the statements of Fikret Orman.
The player’s contract will be finished at the end of the current season and new contract negotiations between Babel and the club have begun.
Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has indicated that he is unsure where his future may lie beyond the current campaign and he could yet stay put with the Eredivisie side for another season. The Netherlands international has already attracted interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs but so far, Ajax have resisted the prospect of sanctioning his sale.
In an interview with The Guardian, De Jong acknowledged that he does not have much idea regarding his future with the Amsterdam outfit but refused to rule out the prospect of staying for another year, he said: “It’s difficult to say what will happen. I want to finish this season well with Ajax. Then we will see. Maybe I’ll stay for another year, maybe I’ll leave. But I am not sure.”
BEIN Turkey pundit Mehmet Demirkol has urged Besiktas to avoid the prospect of signing Olivier Giroud in the future, given the Frenchman does not offer much in terms of goalscoring. The Chelsea striker made the headlines during the summer as he went on to win the World Cup with France despite failing to find the scoresheet.
Since then, he has managed to contribute three assists for Chelsea from seven Premier League appearances but there remain question marks regarding his future with his contract expiring at the end of the season. Speaking to BeIN Turkey, Demirkol suggested that the Frenchman can make an impact with his presence on the pitch but the marksman would not suit Besiktas, given he does not find the scoresheet on a regular basis.
Besiktas president FikrerOrman has revealed that the club had no option but to sell Fabri to Fulham as he had just one year left on his contract. The 30-year-old was the Black Eagles’ first-choice goalkeeper over the past two seasons but they nevertheless decided on his sale with the fear of losing him on a free next summer.
Speaking to reporters, Ormansaid: “Fabri had a year left on his contract so we needed to send the player to the Premier League or we’d have come out empty next summer.” Fulham are said to have paid around £5m for the former Deportivo graduate and the shot-stopper is now expected to compete with Marcus Bettinelli for the number one role, considering former number one David Button has made his way to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum finally blossomed at Anfield after initial struggles. The Dutchman came to the club from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016. The 27-year-old came up with a return of six goals in 42 games in his debut campaign with Liverpool, but the general consensus was that he could have done much better. In the 2017-18 campaign, Georginio Wijnaldum came up with just two goals in the entire season but he made 14 appearances and was an ever present in the team. Manager Jurgen Klopp trusted him as one of the important players – especially after the departure of Philippe Coutinho.
Wijnaldum’s importance in the team is expected to go up even further now with Emre Can leaving the club on a permanent basis to Juventus. However, the club did bring in Fabinho and Naby Keita during the summer transfer window. For this reason, speculation has begun aboutWijnaldum’s position in the team and his countryman Ryan Babel is keen on taking advantage of the situation. Babel is currently with Turkish club Besiktas and he is a former Liverpool player. He is hoping to take advantage of his connections with the former club by trying to persuade him to a move to Turkish football. Besiktas are no strangers to signing players from the Premier League and they will appreciate the arrival of a player likeWijnaldum in his prime.
Everton striker Cenk Tosun has stressed that teammate Day Klaassen has now ambition of heading to Besiktas during the ongoing transfer window. The Dutchman has been linked with a potential move away from Goodison Park after an unfruitful first season but Tosun has dismissed the prospect of him making the move to Istanbul.
Speaking to Turkish outlet Sabah, Tosun confirmed that he had spoken to Klaassen regarding the same but the response was negative, he said: “Klaassen is a very good football player and I asked him if he would come to Besiktas. But he replied ‘I do not think Turkey.’ The subject was closed from the start.”
The representative of Christian Benteke has confirmed that Besiktas are interested in the Belgium international. The 27-year-old had a tough 2017/18 season with the Eagles where he managed just three goals in the Premier League and this witnessed him being dropped from Belgium’s squad for the summer World Cup.
Since then, there have been suggestions that Benteke’s opportunities could be restricted at Selhurst Park next season and his agent has confirmed potential interest from Besiktas. Speaking to Fanatik, Eris Kismet confirmed that the Istanbul giants are weighing up a move for his client but they are unlikely to match the £17.5m price tag on the striker’s head. He said: “I know Besiktas are interested in Benteke. I know FikretOrman in person, he’s a great guy and he has told me he is interested in Benteke. But his price may be out of range. What I can say is that Crystal Palace won’t sell him for under €20 million.”
Besiktas head coach Senol Gunes has revealed that Anderson Talisca could be on his way to joining Liverpool during this summer’s transfer window. The Brazilian footballer has been on loan with the Turkish outfit over the past two seasons but Gunes had admitted that the Black Eagles are unlikely to re-sign him on a permanent basis from Besiktas this summer.
Speaking to reporters, Gunes confirmed that Talisca won’t be plying his trade for Besiktas next term whilst hinting that Liverpool may have already reached an agreement for the Brazilian’s signature, he said: “Talisca was already gone at the mid-season break. I’m sorry that he won’t be with us any longer. I wish he could stay for his sake and ours. He already had a deal in place. He might be rivals with Cenk Tosun.”
Premier League side Everton have reportedly made contact with the representative of Oguzhan Ozyakup regarding a possible move to Goodison Park. The Turkey international has just two months left on his contract with Besiktas but the Black Eagles are hoping to extend his contract with the promise of a buy-out clause.
According to Fotomac, the Toffees have made an initial approach to the player’s representative as they seek to monitor the developments of the former Arsenal man. The Merseyside outfit were initially hoping to prise the player away from Besiktas on a free transfer in the summer but the alleged interest from Borussia Dortmund appears to have changed the complexion of the story. Continue reading