Badou Ndiaye could head for a third spell on loan in Turkey if Trabzonspor have their way, according to the Istanbul press.
The 29-year-old Stoke City midfielder has immediately emerged as a key man since joining Trabzonspor in the New Year, winning four and drawing one of his first five games to sit second in the table, a point behind Basaksehir with a game in hand.
There is hope that the club can win the Super Liga title for the first time since 1984, having finished as runners-up on five occasions since that season.
And widespread reports suggest that Ndiaye is already wanted back in the summer.
There is a purchase option in this loan agreement but the latest reports claim that “Trabzonspor management are hot for a new rental. It is possible to loan the player for one more season due to the player’s contract at Stoke, which runs for two more years.
“However, it is now known how Stoke City will respond to this request.
“The only thing known at this stage is that it is impossible for the Championship club to benefit from Ndiaye and it has to dispose of the player.”
Ndiaye joined Stoke from Galatasaray in January 2018 for £14m and went back there last season to help them retain the championship.
Ndiaye is one of a gaggle of senior Stoke players currently out on loan, with Kevin Wimmer, Moritz Bauer, Peter Etebo, Ryan Woods and Benik Afobe with Royal Mouscron, Celtic, Getafe, Millwall and Bristol City respectively.
Giannelli Imbula cut short a loan at Lecce last weekend and was subsequently released by Stoke on mutual consent.