Negredo ‘hours’ from Bestikas

Alvaro Negredo has been granted permission to leave Valencia training and complete his move to Turkish champions Besiktas, say reports in Spain.

According to Marca, the 31-year-old is ‘hours away’ from joining the Istanbul-based club and will be the latest high-profile sale from the Mestalla.

Last month, Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed the club’s interest in the striker to Marca: “We are negotiating for Negredo, the most important thing is to keep within the boundaries of our sporting and economic criteria and objectives.

“It may be that we speed up some of our operations in the coming days. Negredo is one of the names we want, but I will not delve into how we will negotiate. We are responsible for the future of the club.”

Negredo spent last season on loan at English club Middlesbrough where he netted 10 goals in 39 appearances, and reportedly rejected interest from Swansea City and Leeds United this summer.

A glut of Spanish-based players are moving to Turkey this summer, among them former Real Madrid defender Pepe who has joined Besiktas, full-back Mariano’s move to Galatasaray while Valencia duo Fabian Orellana and Aymen Abdennour are open to moves to the league.

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