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Ex-Spurs striker Soldado to join Fenerbahce

2017-08-09 16:31
Roberto Soldado (AP Photo)

Istanbul - Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado is set to join Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce after two seasons at Villarreal in his native Spain, the Istanbul club said on Wednesday.

An agreement with Spain international Soldado has been reached in principle, Fenerbahce said.

The player will arrive in Istanbul later Wednesday to finalise the deal.

After stints at Spanish sides including Real Madrid and Valencia, Soldado joined Tottenham in 2013, staying with the English Premiership side for two seasons.

He joined Villarreal in 2015 but much of last season was blighted by a knee injury.

Fenerbahce are looking to reinforce their side after finishing well behind champions Besiktas and surprise runners-up Basaksehir Istanbul in the Turkish Super Lig last season, thus missing out on a Champions League place.

Other signings for Fenerbahce in the close season have included Moroccan international defender Nabil Dirar, French attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena and Chilean international defender Mauricio Isla.

Ahead of the start of the 2017/2018 season in Turkey at the weekend, all the giant Istanbul sides have been intensely active in the search for available foreign players during the transfer window.

Galatasaray, who finished fourth in the Super Lig last season, have signed Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Manchester City as well as French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Swansea.

Champions Besiktas meanwhile have nabbed Portuguese international Pepe from Real Madrid and Spain's Alvaro Negredo from Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, Besiktas this week also confirmed that Sunderland forward Jeremain Lens of the Netherlands would play for the club on loan this season, with an option to buy him at the season's end.

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