Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye is jetting out to Turkish club Trabzonspor to undergo a medical and complete the formalities of a loan transfer, Football Insider can reveal.
New Potters boss Michael O’Neill has allowed the Senegal international, 29, to leave midway through the season and before the January window even formally opens.
A Stoke source has told Football Insider that Ndiaye was headed on a flight to Turkey this morning for a medical.
The central midfield powerhouse is set to put pen to paper on a loan for the rest of the season that could then become permanent next summer.
As revealed by Football Insider, Trabzonspor have beaten Schalke and Mainz to the loan capture of Ndiaye.
It will free up space on the wage bill for manager O’Neill, with Ndiaye said to be one of the club’s highest earners after signing from Galatasaray for £14million last year.
That made him the club’s third most-expensive ever signing, which supporters and club chiefs would say he failed to live up to.
The midfielder has made 13 appearances in the Championship this season for Stoke, but he has only started one game since O’Neill replaced Nathan Jones as manager in November.
In total, Ndiaye has made only 27 appearances for the club who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
He got his career back on track last season at Galatasaray, who he helped to win the Super Lig and Turkish club.
Stoke have been preparing for Ndiaye’s exit as he’s failed to make the matchday squad for the club’s last two Championship fixtures.
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