Badou Ndiaye is on the cusp of completing a loan move to Besiktas according to multiple reports in Turkey and Senegal.
The 29-year-old midfielder joined Stoke City from Galatasaray on a four-year contract in January 2018 but spent the next season back on loan at Galatasaray and the second half of last season on loan at Trabzonspor.
There have been whispers that Galatasaray might be in for his signature again after he ended his stint at Trabzonspor without a league title – and with the club having public difficulty with finances.
But the narrative getting the most traction is a loan move to Besiktas with a potential €2m purchase clause.
Ndiaye made one start and three substitute appearances under Michael O’Neill, having been previously returned to the first team fold under Nathan Jones.
He had missed pre-season as he helped Senegal reach the Africa Cup of Nations final and was allowed to stay on the sidelines until mid-September while he courted potential suitors about a move. Few questioned his commitment, however, when he did get on the pitch.
Peter Etebo, who is stuck in Nigeria due to coronavirus restrictions on international flights; Moritz Bauer and Kevin Wimmer are also looking for new homes after spending last season out on loan.
Ryan Woods has already returned to Millwall.